My Jew Years Resolutions Reflections Part 3 - Action
Earlier this week I got an email from the kosher bakery in my area reminding me that there are less than two weeks left to place my Rosh Hashana order. This prompted me to text my best friend to tell her that I felt threatened/shamed, because my pre-holiday to do list is so behind schedule that I haven't made my order yet. But then I took a step back and thought of how great it is that my focus has been internal for once, rather than jumping through the hoops of appointments and food orders. Three weeks into Elul and we're finally up to the ACTION component of the Jew Year's Resolutions process. This year in particular, I've so appreciated having the designated time of Elul to set intentions before jumping straight into action. Too often, I find that my to do lists and packed schedules mean that I go from action to action without pausing to take a breath and think about the why behind the what. It's way too easy for me to act, and Elul is the perfect antidote to that in that it offers the time and space to get ready, spiritually, mentally, and even physically, before the chagim.
So, to the ACTION.
Like many educators, I love organizing my thoughts in systematic ways, and for me that often translates to S.M.A.R.T. Goals. That is, making sure that my Jew Year's Resolutions are:
After thinking back to the reflective piece of last week, I realized that the first thing I needed to do is set my priorities for the year ahead. There are so many directions that I could go in terms of things that I need to work on, and one of my hallmarks is constantly over-committing myself, both personally and professionally. It would be so easy for me to come up with a list of ten (or twenty...or thirty) things to do this year and to set about checking things off of that list. And sometimes that's the best thing to do. But other times (like this), I'd prefer to hone in on a few things, and to treat them less like to do list items and more like long-term habits that won't go away once an arbitrary deadline is met.
Keeping my achievements, challenges, inspirations, and defining words in mind, I focused on the overarching themes that wove throughout the categories. When I saw the same things, or things that were in conversation with one another, surfacing over and over again, I honed in on them as markers of things to keep at the forefront as I set my intentions for next year. And using those themes, I filled out the final page.
By this time next year, I want to feel INSPIRED by my Jewish identity. In order to achieve this by next Elul, I am committing to the following:
- I will develop a personal spiritual practice that involves nature, Jewish text/ritual, and community that I will participate in a minimum of once a month.
- I will prioritize productivity in my non-working hours by blocking off designated time for Jewish reading, studying, and creating.
- I will seek out new communities and will visit/participate in at least three new Jewish environments, including at least one that is outside of my comfort zone.
y word for 5779 will be CREATING. I wanted to use a verb, because this is going to be a fully action-focused year for me. And I see everything that I'm hoping to achieve through the lens of creation. I want to create in the crafting sense - to cultivate hobbies that bring beauty and color to my life. I want to create the reality that enables me to grow and to thrive. And I want to create community - both through my work, in my spare time, and through the relationships that we'll be cultivating through the spiritual hevruta/accountability partnership that I hope you'll join me in. On that note, this is the final week. If you're interested in embarking on a spiritual hevruta/accountability partnership for 5779, to ensure that we both succeed in reaching our goals, now is your chance for 1:1 access to me, the resources I design exclusively for you, and other unique opportunities! Simply fill out your name and email address below and I'll be in touch with you to set up check in times throughout the year.
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