Following several recent, horrific events, it is important to reflect on the abundance in your life. Focus on what you are grateful for, what you have (food, love, health, community….), those that support you in your endeavors, and those that surround you in your life. These are the beacons of light.
When things get tough, it becomes even more paramount to send your energy to a place of comfort. I find comfort in knowing that I have the power to make changes in my own life and in the lives of others. A small act of kindness goes a long way, especially towards those who are most different from you, that may have less to offer than you do, and to those people whose paths may only cross with yours once. Leave something of yourself with them. We never know the impact we have on others, so make these moments positive and memorable.
This Chanukkah, remember that you are in control of how much light you can spread across this earth. I encourage you to find a sliver of your day, today and every day, and dedicate it to making this place a brighter and more comfortable one for everyone who calls it home.
Chag Sameach 🙂
Meliss Jakubovic is an Israeli dance instructor.