Elul 15: Focus on Joy ~ by Anita Diamant

As the new year approaches, I resolve to focus on joy. This has been my kavannah every year since September 11th.

It isn’t easy for me. I’m good at worrying. I’m good at crossing things off my to-do list. Hey, I am the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Don’t talk to me about joy; it’s not part of my culture. We Jews have filled libraries with the historical litany of our losses, our pain, our despair. Besides, you get to a certain age as an individual or as a
people, and joy becomes a tall order.

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