The most important part of starting over is letting go of something; we have to let go of what we are doing to do something else. In Leading Change, William Bridges writes…
Practical tips to prepare before Rosh Hashanah
What should I give up before Rosh Hashanah?
“To become something else, you have to stop being who you are; to start doing things in a new way, you have to end your way of being and develop a new attitude or perspective, you have to let go of the old course you have now…
The first thing is always to do it first… The first mission is to give up something.”
Getting ready for Rosh Hashanah
This is a useful tip for preparing for Rosh Hashanah. We have to ask ourselves: what do I have to give up in my life now to become what I want to be?
Things you should try to let go of before Rosh Hashanah
The need to be right
Most facts are not worth what we pay for them. I’d rather connect directly. I’d rather give up than miss the opportunity to be close to someone I care about.
Going through life as if it were a race
I want to quit treating life like a never-ending race to cross everything off my to-do list. I acknowledge that my list will never be finished, which is a blessing in and of itself. Instead of avoiding each moment, I am able to appreciate its beauty and gift.
Worrying about things that aren’t worth it
It doesn’t matter if I cook dinner, if I’m elaborate enough, or if the house is spotless. Instead, I focus on the parts that matter, like the joy of having the whole family together or the joy of sharing a meal with friends.
Interrupting others with my agenda
And not just when they talk, but when they converse, I prepare my questions and answers in my head. I must listen to what the other person is saying instead of imposing my agenda on the conversation.
My desire for conviction
I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or even today, so I refuse to make decisions based on my desire for certainty. Instead, I will try to justify my decisions based on my values and goals, even at the risk of upsetting my status quo.
Taking everything personally
Most of the time people are not trying to offend us. They are usually tired, hungry, overworked, in a bad mood, or a combination of these factors.
Instead of feeling offended when someone rejects me, I will try to judge them at their best and assume they are doing the best they can under the circumstances they see.
Shy away from scenarios of pain and suffering
What we gain when we try to get out of our comfort zone is far greater than what we lose. Instead, I will try to understand the suffering in my life not just as a savior, but as a gift I have been given to grow.
Assuming I am in control
Honestly, there are few things any of us can control in our lives, other than choosing who we are given the circumstances we have been given. Rather, I will seek to acknowledge God as my Heavenly Father and King to create and control my every step in life.
And I thank you for bringing me and my family to this point. For us, you have watched over us to guide us in this new year and give us all the strength to let go of all that we need to start anew.
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