Seems Rosh Hashanah came up aScreen shot 2013-09-09 at 3.11.43 PMnd smacked me right in the face this year. While the previous month of Elul is meant to be a time of introspection, I was busy vacationing, catching up on work because of my vacation and getting kids ready for school.

That leaves me here, 4 days into the aseres y’mei teshuva, or 10 days of repentance, with only 6 left to go. It seems like as good a time as any to come up with a plan. And while a plan is very personal, seems to me that plenty of other people are playing catch up as well, so I’m hoping that sharing might get us all moving.

I learned in seminary, not only to start small, but also to pick an area of growth in three of our relationships: for the sake of others, for the sake of God and for the sake of ourselves. So here goes…

1. Be present. I’ve got no plans of taking a social media hiatus, as my work depends on it. But there are times, like most Sundays, for example, when I definitely can abstain. Life only happens once, and it’s the little moments that we miss by keeping our eyes on our electronics.

2. Pray more. Mornings here are crazy enough, so davening then is definitely not happening. But talking to the Big Guy when I run? That I can manage. Remembering is just a matter of changing my routine.

3. Learn more. It’s hard to stay connected without learning Torah regularly in a class or on my own. I’m hoping to find a regular class to make up for one I no longer attend, but for now, I’m at least trying to learn a bit on my own each day.

G’mar chatima tovah!

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