Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Self-Assessment for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

The High Holy Days are almost upon us! Now is the perfect time to engage in what we call Cheshbon Ha’Nefesh ,“an accounting of the soul,” when we take time to perform a self-assessment, looking back at the year that was, looking ahead to the year that will be, and asking ourselves some tough questions. Here are some to get you started:

1. During this past year, was I the best version of myself that I could be?

2. In the coming year, how can I become the best version of myself that I can be?

3. Choose three examples of when I came up short (such as when I lost my temper, or spread gossip), promise myself to be better next year, and then, the hardest part: apologize to those I wronged.

4. Ask those closest to me if I’ve done anything to hurt to their feelings, and if so, apologize.

5. During this past year, when did I let myself down? Can I ensure that I won’t let myself down in the same way, this coming year?

6. During this past year, when was I happiest? Can I promise myself that I’ll be that happy again, and again, and again?

High Holy Days are a time for introspection, honest self-evaluation, and change. Start the process of becoming the best version of you, now!

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