25 Elul 5774
Let us Revel in the Super Moon…
by Susan Glass
It’s that time of year again. As each year passes, I become more and more philosophical as I assess the year about to end and think about what lies ahead. No more plans to lose weight, to eat more healthily, exercise more, keep my house neater. Instead, I hope to find ways to make my life more meaningful. I want to remember to enjoy the shape of the moon as it goes through its phases. Just recently, it was wonderful to be able to revel in the size of the super moon. I want to pay better attention to the way the sun rises on the horizon in different locations from the southeast to the northeast as the seasons progress and how it impacts the way the light in my kitchen and bedroom changes over time. And I want to be ever so mindful of how wonderful it is to have a beautiful, water-saving back yard (no grass and lots of drought resistant plants) to enjoy at various times of the day and year. Appreciation and awareness. That’s my goal for the coming year.
With Trust in Life…
by Donna Wolffe
This year, at this time, I felt torn by personal challenges in my life. I turned to the inspiring classic song by Rogers and Hammerstein, and re-turned it into a personal statement of what I intend to do in the coming year. I will confront my challenges with “hope in my heart” and trust in life to lead me where I need to go, with deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, the love of my family, and song.
I’ll Never Walk Alone
When I walk through a storm
I’ll hold my head up high
And I won’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm there’ll be a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
I”ll walk on through the wind
I’ll walk on through the rain
Though my dreams be tossed and blown
I’ll walk on, and walk on with hope in my heart
And I’ll never walk alone
Yes, I’ll never, ever walk alone
Susan, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Your piece resonates deeply with me.
When I find myself spinning out of orbit with the business of life, I too, find it very grounding and holy to experience these gifts. So, here’s to the new year and some cooler weather – so we can be back out in nature again!! Appreciation and awareness. Amen.