Early this week, millions of Jews throughout the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah, one of the most sacred holidays in the Jewish religion. The holiday commemorates the Jewish New Year, and it is a festive occasion filled with prayer, good wishes and positive thoughts for the year that lies ahead. It also evokes a sense of community and gives observers a chance to look inside themselves and make sure that they are being the people that they want to be.
In the same way that those who celebrate Christmas adjust their frame of mind during the holiday season – which is often referred to as “getting into the Christmas spirit” – people who observe Rosh Hashanah have a similar mentality during the high holidays as well.
Even though not everyone celebrates the holiday, it is still a great excuse to take stock of how your year is looking so far, and think about where you are right now in whatever journey it is that you are taking. Going through cancer treatment can be an extremely stressful experience, so take the time to pause and note your surroundings and your own feelings at every moment that you can. Things have to be tough on your support system as well, so remind them to experience that important pause as well.
We don’t need an excuse to take a breather, but sometimes it is easier when you have one. So whether you celebrate Rosh Hashanah or not, try getting into the holiday spirit for a day or two, and see if that lifts your mood.
For those of you who do celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I want to wish you a happy and sweet new year.