As the day progresses and the mind reflects, many turn inward to begin the process of asking for and giving forgiveness. The phone calls, notes, emails and sharing of these reflections is a part of the mindfulness required to engage in and have a meaningful fast on Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holiday of atonement.
As such, please hear and accept my prayers asking for forgiveness…..
For each and every time I was too busy or lazy to bend over and pick up the trash I saw in my view, I am sorry. May the coming year continue to bless me with the good physical health to do my small part of cleaning the spaces around me.
For each and every time I lost patience with anyone, I am sorry. May the coming year bless me with continued function of my brain and good mental health.
For each and every time I jumped to a conclusion without gathering all the facts, I am sorry. May I be blessed with more patience that allows me to slow down.
For each and every time I was unkind with my words, I am sorry. May I be blessed with a heart that is far more focused on words of kindness.
For each and every time I am engaged in actions that only protect my best interest and not that of any group needing protection, I am sorry. May I be aware of the hypocrisy of my own actions in the coming year.
For each time I was disrespectful to a fellow human, whether intentionally or unintentionally, I am sorry. May my life continue to be a learning journey about the world of those different than myself.
For each time I felt I could control the outcomes of a situation where I had no control, I am sorry. May this year continue to reveal the lessons that come with faith in something greater than any human.
For all of these reflections, may they be heard and accepted. May we all be blessed for a year inscribed in the book of good health, love and life.