One of the big pieces of the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that you reflect over the past year, and you attempt to (A) accept and forgive anything that has been done to you, and (B) apologize and ask forgiveness for anything you have done to others.I am so bad at actually learning about Jewish holy days (even though I want to learn about them, because I think there's a lot of richness in them, and as a Christian they're part of my heritage), but I've often in recent years wished I were Jewish, when I've hurt people and we've never really made peace, because of this Yom Kippur practice. It's been particularly on my mind this year. So I'm co-opting the practice. (Also, Amy, I really like your point that "The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.")
Every year, I make this post, and people, er, rarely comment, but just enough do that it seems important to me to keep doing this, year after year.
Anonymous is enabled, and all comments are screened. If I've done anything to hurt you this year, let me know. If there's anything you think I might still be upset over, let me know that too. I won't unscreen unless you specifically request I do- or, well, I'll reply, but then I will re-screen immediately. (Er, if it's anon, I do not know if that's possible? But yes. I will try!) I The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.
I promise to treat anything you say seriously and respectfully, and I will seriously be considering it over the next ten days.
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