By M. Alexander
During New Year’s celebrations—both Jewish and secular—we look back on the past year and make resolutions for the year to come. We find the sweetness in our lives and we try to dilute the bitterness within us.
When we take time to remember what is sweet, we concentrate on what we often take for granted— our family, our friends, our health, our jobs, our home. We may not have all of these things, but there is one thing that every single person who is reading this possesses—a life. And life is the most precious gift that we have as we round the corner into the New Year. It may be that we don’t have the money we want, the job we deserve, or the spirit we think we should have accumulated—but more important than all these projections of ego is the fact that we are all alive, that we all have the power to enjoy La Dolce Vita, the sweetness of life. We must hold onto the sweetness in our lives and be grateful for what we have if we hope to make it another year.
But the sweet does not exist without the bitter. Where have we missed the mark in the last year? Were we rude to our fathers, did we call our grandmothers, were we greedy, self-centered, dishonest, jealous, or manipulative? Try to go through the months and the days, recalling individual events, asking yourself where you could have done better. Where did you act in bitterness instead of sweetness?
Here’s hoping that as we recall the sweet along with the bitter, we are able to affect change in the days to come. Let’s make this New Year one drop of honey sweeter than the last.