Were there times in the past year when you felt lucky to be alive? What happened?
Sometimes everything is aligned and I can feel the perfection of my life. How one thing has lead to another and I see how I have grown and learned from them all, the joyous and the painful, the everyday and the life changing, the devastating and those that fill me with light. At such moments I can only be grateful and love life. I know that I have been extremely fortunate in my life, and I am grateful. My mandate is to be kind and living to others.
I have had two babies in two years with the love of my life. I’m still amazed that I’m not at a bar somewhere looking for trouble, my life has completely changed. I am blessed beyond measure. Every time one of my boys giggles or does something sweet, it opens me right up and I feel full of sunshine.
Relatives have died this year. Each time I go to a funeral or visit someone sitting shiva, I feel lucky to be alive. Most of the time, I feel lucky to be alive. I do wish life weren’t so scary though. For the first time, the Psalms, especially Psalm 27, really make sense to me.
When I sit with my husband at the end of the day, and talk about the day. When I watch my dog, Cody, outside in the yard, looking contemplative or running around happily. When I have been with my family, who are spread around the world.
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