At the sound of atone

Yom Kippur ended today at sunset.

I didn't fast.  I'm not Jewish, but I think the idea of taking a day to fast and think about the mistakes you have made for the past year is not a bad idea.

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Probably the biggest thing I should atone for this past year is Gluttony.  One of the seven deadly sins.  And I think it's safe to say that it can literally kill you.  That, paired with my other big one, Sloth - they have been to my detriment in a big way this year.  I know better, now it's time to do better.

I regret that I haven't seen much family this year.  I need to rectify that in the coming year.

I am sorry for not putting my home in better order, I will use the coming year to turn my home into the calming, welcoming sanctuary that I want it to be.

And I feel bad about my anger.  I will work to focus my energy more positively.

Of course, I will keep petting my dog as much as possible, take the best care of my loved ones I can.

And of course, that includes better self-care.

Most of all, I'm going to stop apologizing when it's not called for.  Sorry, not sorry.

That's plenty to work on for the next 12 months.


-ae

Comments

There's a Jewish guy in my writing group and we talked a bit about Yom Kippur or, as he calls it, "the one day a year when I have to be a good boy" which is very funny to me. The atonement and reflection are the most important aspects of the holiday but it's also a time of absolution which appeals to me. Don't forget the past but don't let it hold you back either.