What's in a date?
It's the Jewish New Year celebrating the year 5774,
starting 09/24 at sundown; (anecdotally this calendar dates back to Adam & Eve).
(It's 4011 using the Chinese calendar, dating back to the Han Dynasty, but I digress).
For too many decades all I seemed to do, was go through the motions of life, working, eating and sleeping.
Behind my back, people said I was bitter............I celebrated very little in the way of holidays or anniversaries.
Until I fell in love for the first time.
Until I realized that this love was not to be denied and I accepted it fully.
Now I look for reasons to celebrate that love and the days I have remaining in this world.
I need little prompting to send a note, a small gift, or a text to my significant other.
Thank goodness for the internet and e-cards.
As I was looking at one of my e-card accounts last evening,
I took note of all of the Jewish New Years cards and the sayings and prayers within them.
Traditionally, as I understand it, (and I am not Jewish so forgive me if I over simplify this),
observant Jews consider Rosh Hashanah and the days surrounding it, a time for prayer, good deeds,
reflecting on past mistakes and making amends with others. A new beginning. Almost a rebirth.
Paraphrased from a few greeting cards....
Any fault can be forgiven
Any vow can be renewed.
Each sunrise marks a new beginning for each of us
A new hope, another chance,
a new life, every day.
What a nice concept.
Are we capable of that here on the Vine?
Can we let go of the labels? the assumptions? the hurt feelings?
Can we start over? every day?
Sleep on it,
and have a happy new year everyone,