Today we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The next ten days are the Days of Awe which end with Yom Kippur. It's a time for introspection, a time to repent the sins of the past year, and a time to plan for the year ahead.
On this day, it's customary to eat round-shaped challah bread and apples dipped in honey, symbolizing a hope for sweetness in the new year. We didn't quite get there last night, opting instead for the less traditional vegetarian bowls from Chipotle. Perhaps symbolizing a spicy new year? We'll do sweetness tonight.
I found this list of questions to answer for Rosh Hashanah's spiritual accounting:
Achievements: What did I accomplish this past year?
Efficiency: Am I careful not to waste precious time?
Community: Am I involved in contributing to bettering the world?
Forward: What are my goals and aspirations for the coming year?
These are standard reflective ideas but the question that hadn't occurred to me before was the question of efficiency and not wasting precious time. I believe I'm guilty of a certain mindlessness. Some checking out is important but I may be wasting not just some time but precious time. How many times can you re-watch an episode of Fixer Upper before it falls into that category? How much alphabetizing of the spice rack? How much scrolling through Twitter is a waste? Most of it? All? I will give this one some thought and then some action.
Wishing you all a very sweet and spicy year.