It’s no use making resolutions if they aren’t kept. And that’s what Yom Kippur is all about. It’s a week and a day’s reminder to stick with our Rosh Hashanah resolutions. The focus is on reminding us that we promised to be a better person, to better our place in the world and the world around us. I do believe that people are inherently good. But sometimes we forget to do a little extra, to try a little harder. It’s easy to say but not always easy to live an organized life or to intentionally focus on acts of kindness. Life just happens sometimes! We breathe, blink, and the day is gone. Poof. For all of my good intentions and to-do lists, there’s always something or someone that was dropped off or missed.
So here we are, the eve of Yom Kippur, and it’s our annual reminder to try a little harder. Make a promise to yourself and stick to it.
I once read years ago in an article by a life coach that the world would be a happier place if everyone gave out five compliments a day. I tried it for about a week. It sounds easy but was harder than I realized in practice!
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. –Aesop
I was thinking about this the other day though. It’s perfect for Yom Kippur. I am going to give it another whirl. Five compliments or random acts of kindness a day. It’s not that I’m not kind and have to work toward being so. It’s that we all will benefit if we try a little bit harder. So for Yom Kippur, that’s how I’m going to carry my Rosh Hashanah resolutions forward. Oh, and keep my diary up to date. Surely not being frazzled by scheduling surprises accounts for something too!
And what does the photo of the mother and her kittens have to do with this blog? Absolutely nothing. I was looking for an image that would depict kindness and I found this. The photo shows such true and selfless love I stopped searching. How can any image top that? It made me smile. And that surely is a good start for a successful Yom Kippur!