This year, the first day of Rosh Hashana was the same day as my birthday. For me, starting these two new beginnings at the same time calls for extra reflection, extra resolution, and extra celebration. I found this prayer by Marianne Williamson that embodies all of that for me.
New Year's prayers carry more miraculous power than do New Year's resolutions. Forgiving ourselves and others for the casual unkindness of an unconscious moment; for time wasted in self-pity that could have been used to create something true and beautiful; for lack of gratitude for blessings and privileges. Dedicating ourselves to the purification of our hearts... seeking to stop the chronic indulgence of our weakness, and the power to embody our God-given strengths... I pray to embody the perfection of my divine potential, as a blessing on myself and others.
This is the moment of the years when we inhabit inwardly both sunset and sunrise. God created them both, but we ourselves decide how to paint them. Next year will bring whatever next years brings, but what we bring to it will make all the difference. And the greatest thing we can bring to it is our love.
- Marianne Williamson
L'Shana Tova, everyone. Happy New Year.