Elul 1: Break a Damaging Pattern

Day #2 of the journey.

Well, the sun has set on Elul the first — and the clock says it’s past midnight and therefore Monday — so here’s a short one.  In the coming year I’ll try to catch myself habitually worrying about the future, interrupt that pattern.  Instead, my goal will be to notice and appreciate the present.  I already write a “joy list” in my journal every day, but I can do better.  I’ll take inspiration from Thoreau’s “Higher Laws” chapter of Walden:

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.

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