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Five Days to Consider

09/02/2021 07:42:06 AM


Rabbi Ron Segal

With only five days until the start of the New Year, a poem inviting personal reflection.  Following its conclusion, a question inviting personal resolution.

“The Journey” (Mary Oliver, Dream Work)

One day you finally knew
What you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do -
determined to save
the only life you could save.

With only five days until the start of the New Year, what has become ingrained in your life that you deeply know you desperately need to leave behind, and what are the hurdles and impediments from which you will have to break away? Wishing you a liberating year of renewal and shalom.

Shanah tovah u’metukah

Rabbi Ron Segal

Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782