“As long as the candle is still burning, it is still possible to accomplish and to mend.”
– Rabbi Yisrael Salanter
The weather in the Big Apple is humid and in the 70’s. Summer is slipping away and we can feel it in the way the wind is blowing. I am perched on a corner table in a cafeteria, staring at the dense, dark and laden clouds that are dragging themselves sluggishly in the sky unable to carry the weight, waiting to pour and yet, there’s no rain.
A prayer yields from my heart for letting them release the burden they’ve been carrying, “Let it pour dear Lord!” I sigh, a woman sitting across the table looks at me and says, “Amen!” We both exchange smiles as if understanding the thoughts and emotions crowding our minds.
I pen down few names and situations whom I hold responsible in my mind for things that did not work out in my life. It is one of the most difficult practices in the decluttering regime. It brings in a lot of emotions, anger, dismay, hurt and loss. But once we have it all in front of us, I allow myself to forgive each one and take responsibility of my life and its happenings in my hands.
Its the time of Rosh Hashanah, which literally means new beginning, It is the Jewish New Year. So, let’s not be like the mountainous cloud and flow freely by dropping the blames and rage that we hold in our hearts for others. Forgiving is not important for those who harm you, it is vital for your happiness and peace. Let’s restart our lives this Fall. Let the weight we carry slip away.