Embrace changes when your prayers are granted


“The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, actually means ‘head of the year.’ Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. … It is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing. But it is also a joyous day when we proclaim G_d King of the Universe.”

From the article

“What is Rosh Hashanah?”

at Chabad.org


We all have goals and dreams and some of us spend a good deal of time focusing on them. There’s an adage that says, “Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it.”  The question I ponder when my prayers are granted is, how do I show gratitude and keep the outcome alive?

When your prayers are answered, you now have to live up to what you asked for.  This could be something new, such as a move to a new home, a relationship change, a new family member, a new job, etc.  It could also mean being grateful for what you have now and wanting that to continue.

If it is something you have wanted, and you have received this new wonderful thing, it’s time to embrace it, give thanks and treasure it. That involves working with and through the changes involved, learning new ways of thinking and acting, and using the past as a platform from which to spring forward.

Another piece of this is being in the moment and enjoying what you have now without thinking about the past and future.  Staying in the moment helps us to reduce fear, and appreciate and really experience what we have.

As the article in Chabad.org states, “Rosh Hashanah is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing.”  That means being in the here and now with our gratitude and blessings.

Shanah Tovah!

PATRICIA RASKIN, president of Raskin Resources Productions Inc., is an award-winning radio producer and Rhode Island business owner. She is the host of “The Patricia Raskin” show, a radio and podcast coach and a board member of Temple Emanu-El, in Providence.