Return Again

At sundown this evening, the Jewish New Year begins, and prayers will ascend to heaven on behalf of individuals, the whole Jewish community, and the world.

For a brief moment, many will feel the sweetness of peaceful and light hearts, turning to reflection and asking to be forgiven.  The shofar blasts will break through to a shiny new year.

When we are discouraged, we may wish we could “begin anew,” and one of the appealing elements of this atonement is the sense of getting a “do-over.”  I think one of the appealing elements of creating art is a similar turning to a blank page and starting over; and when art moves people it is as if the work of art allows people to see anew, with new eyes. The truth is that each moment we are alive and have options from which to choose is a moment for a “do-over” and the opportunity to begin again.  Yes, we can start over.

May the world be a more peaceful place in the new year: with more caring, more civility, more clarity, more well-being, more hope, and more love.

Published in: on September 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

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