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.

What’s this #BlogElul thing in the title of this post? Learn more here! And join in the conversation as we all prepare for the holidays and the year to come!

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About rabbiisa

I'm a Reform Rabbi with a passion for education! I'm also a pop culture fan, political junkie, and NY Times crossword puzzle addict. I am INTP, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, and a fan of the Oxford Comma.

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