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On Birthdays and Gratitude

02/17/2017 12:39:14 PM

Feb17

This weekend I celebrate another birthday and over the years I have found that birthdays are a wonderful time for reflection. In the midst of an ever-changing world that brings many of us an unprecedented level of anxiety, I have chosen to concentrate my reflections on gratitude.

 

We are taught that each day as Jews it is our duty to say 100 blessings. If we spend our day looking for 100 positive things, it is hard to get wrapped up in negativity. I am not sure I can get to 100, but I have decided to share with you my top 55 (in honor of my 55th birthday) reasons for gratitude. I hope that you will develop your own list.

 

I am grateful for (in no particular order):

1. being born healthy 2. Being born into a loving family 3. Being born a Jew

4. freedom 5. Sufficient nutrition 6. My parents

7. my siblings 8. A good education 9. Childhood friends

10. medicine 11. Kind teachers 12. Athletic ability

13. mother’s unconditional love 14. Father’s financial commitment

15. books 16. Professional baseball 17 most sports

18. love 19. Israel 20. Democracy

21. Jerusalem reunited 22. My children 23. Laughter

24. those who appreciate me 25. Political action 26. Wealth

27. renewed health 28. Adopted family 29. My children’s success

30. nature 31 art 32. Children

33. our preschool 34. Close adult friends 35 adult Temple leadership

36 Mussar 37. Vacations with my children 38. Trips with Congregation/community 39. My dogs 40. Adult friends

41. mountains 42. Oceans 43. Celebrations

44. generosity 45. SCOTTY 46. Chailites

47. Temple Brotherhood 48. Temple Sisterhood 49. Breast Cancer research

50. medical breakthroughs 51. Excellent physicians 52. Listening ears

53. Liberalism 54. Diversity 55. generosity

Tue, September 17 2019 17 Elul 5779