Exactly one year ago, I was on an airplane, on my way to Texas for a new step on my journey. Leaving familiarity for the unknown…and yet trading an unknown future for a set plan.
Many aspects of my transition from that life to this one happened quickly–there were 3 weeks between seeing a blank office for the first time and sitting down at my desk in that office for my first day. I had little time to prepare. I rushed through getting everything together and moving it half way across the country. I barely got to say goodbye to most of my friends and family. I scarcely had the chance to update people on what was going on (outside of facebook), much less take a moment to reflect. I certainly didn’t have time to set back and plan ahead for the year to come.
How different this year is. I’ve been here a year now. My residence has become my home. I have a life here. I’ve settled in and this place has settled around me. And I have a chance to both reflect and to plan. To consider the past year and look ahead at what’s to come. To think about what I want to do this year–how I want to be.
And that’s what it means to prepare. And that, I believe, is what Elul is all about. It’s our chance to reflect and to plan, to consider and to dream, to realize and to visualize.
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