As we approach the Sabbath before Rosh Hashanah, known as Selichot, we begin to prepare our minds and our souls to enter the 10 days of repentance, before Yom Kippur. Selichot means forgiveness – and it is intended that we should begin to say our apologies, confessing our sins, and resolving to not repeat our transgressions.
I wouldn’t trade my mistakes for all the money in the world. Even the ones that made me fall down on the floor and cry my heart out, and even those that made me feel the lowest I could ever feel. I wouldn’t trade them because they are fibers in my richly woven tapestry of life. They are the learning opportunities, the building blocks, and the bitter memories that keep me reaching for the stars. Had I never experienced the bitterness of those transgressions, I wouldn’t feel so wonderful about the amazing things I have been able to actually do right in my life.
As we approach Selichot, I ask all of my families to not beat themselves up for their mistakes, and to look upon them as building blocks, points of reference, and motivators for better, wiser choices. Our holiday is not about tearing ourselves down, it is about building ourselves – and each other – up. It makes me proud to give a child or a friend a pat on the back just when they need it most – I know I’ve appreciated the pats of others, just when I thought I had failed them.
So, before the sundown of Shabbat and the arrival of the Selichot period, I want to take the opportunity to apologize to my friends, my family, and my community for any mistakes I might have made this year. For anyone who knows me, you know I live my life with nothing but the best of intentions for all of my relationships, but sometimes, I have dropped the ball, and not been the best I could be. If I have failed you in any way, please know it was not my intention to do so, and I pledge to you to try harder in the coming year.
This year, I have put many new resources in place to help me avoid the mistakes of this past year. I have hired trusted business partners, to help keep me current and aware of everything going on in my business and around me in my community. I have put resources in place to help keep me active in a healthy and active lifestyle, so I can be of the best and healthiest mind and body. I am grateful for the love and compassion of those around me, and am so happy to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. I pledge to stay in better touch and to be sure everyone who I value in my life knows exactly how much I value them.
I wish you, my friends, my families, my community, and my own family a year of health, prosperity, and joy. I cannot wait to share these holidays of 5773 with you all.