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.