I recently stopped into a class being taught by one of the Rabbis at work. It was a primer about the Jewish High Holy Days – Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). I walked in as the Rabbi was talking about how we greet one another on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In Hebrew we say “Shanah tovah u’metukah,” which interestingly doesn’t translate to Happy New Year.
Strictly translated it is “Good and sweet year.” I left as the group was about to discuss the distinction, but I’ve been chewing on it.
The day of the class happens to have been the same day my husband had his stroke, at very nearly the same time. And with the stress of my new treatments, a son starting high school, and John’s unexplainable stroke, happiness is elusive these days. Not that they are bad days – they are not. But stress and happiness don’t sit easily together.
But good days? Yes, they are GOOD days. VERY good days.
- Despite the stress, and the setting of MRI waiting rooms, John and I have managed to find extra time together. This is good.
- His nominally lighter workload has meant we’ve a family dinner nearly every night in the last few weeks. This is good.
- A little less pressure in the mornings has allowed John to drive Zach to school, and they’ve gotten some quality time in as a result. This is good.
- John and I have been able to talk in a very different way about living with the unknown and the unknowable, and my disease is clearer on a much deeper level than before. THIS is good.
- We have all become mindful about our time, what it means, how to use it, and how fleeting it is. And this is VERY good.
So whether you are celebrating today or not, whether it is your holiday or not, and whatever it might be that is filling your days, I wish for you goodness and wholeness in the year ahead, that that it lead to a wonderful and full measure of sweetness.
L’shanah tovah u’metukah!