Each day is a gift. In my work with Holocaust survivors, I know that people who have been through unspeakable trauma understand this to be true for most of their lives. The rest of us may come to this understanding later. During 5783, this past year, I lost three dear ones: both my parents and our sweet feline companion of more than 19 years. Though I miss each of them every single day, I give thanks that they all lived full, long lives and we had each other for so long. In recalling the health struggles my mom and dad faced during their last years, it’s impossible not to come to the sobering realization that our days are not infinite and life can become harder. It’s something we all know, of course, but remembering not to take our days for granted encourages us to give better intent to focus on those we love and how we want to live.
My own hopes and plans for 5784 include nurturing relationships with family and friends and appreciating the small and big things that bring joy and purpose– watching the hummingbirds chase each other at the feeder, a good bike ride, learning something new, and engaging in meaningful work. Oh yes, and finishing that kitchen renovation will be really great too! Wishing everyone a Shanah Tova and discovering your own personal goals for the new year!
Fran Putney is the proofreader and staff writer for the AJT and serves as the communications manager for the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.