DAY 5 8/14 SABOTAGE YOUR LIFE

E This was the first of the last four Sabbaths leading up to the New Year. What I do and don’t each Sabbath determines how and who I am all week long. Perhaps even all year long. Sabbath is like a test for well being, for taking care of self. Do I take time out […]

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Day 4, Friday 8:13 NOTHING’S ACCIDENTAL??

There’s no such thing as an accident, goes the popular expression. But does that include actual accidents? Is a rupture of the regular part of the Plan? (What plan? What’s regular?) This one happened very fast. My first car accident. Late last night, right outside the Denver airport, the car in front of us suddenly […]

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DAY 3 Stare At Your List.. 40 Days to Find Your Focus

“My children, said my Grandfather, you will never see anything worse than yourselves.” Emerson, the so-called ‘prophet of the American religion’ writes this entry in his journal, circa 1850’s. He kept the journal, for over 50 years, and it’s full of brutally honest confessions, ramblings, and detailed plans for self-improvement. The 37 days left until […]

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DAY 2 FAST FORWARD 40 days to find your focus

Fasting’s fascinating. It’s one of my favorite Jewish things to do even though it’s such a universal act, and although there’s something so un-Jewish about voluntary starvation. Religious rituals of self-deprivation, extended simulations of hunger are practiced by most world religions. Muslims begin Ramadan today, fasting daily for a month of repentance. Yom Kippur, 39 […]

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Prepent journey.day one.GO BLOW

The shofar blasts begin  today, exactly 40 days before the Day of Atonement. It’s an ancient, primitive alarm, a wake up call: repent!  Get focused. When I was a kid, I’d wait for this first blast, waking up earlier than usual, taking a long sleeve shirt off the top shelf because the Israeli summer heat starts fading […]

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