We are engaged now in the ritual of the “changing of the calendars.” Not as formalized as the Brits’ “changing of the Guard”, but nevertheless, a poignant moment of recognition that yet another year has gone and a new one arrived.
Now, of course, once we have fastened the new calendar to the wall or placed it at our desk, appreciating its artistry if it is that kind of calendar, the real work begins: living all of the mysteries and unknowns represented by the collective 365 numerals spread out upon 12 months.
The Dalai Lama counsels,
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can
be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called
tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do
and mostly live.”
My guess is that our Judaism would give the Dalai Lama’s prescription for living an A+. Our lives have been as fraught with anxiety and understandable fear. Our usual liferings – family, friends, careers and pleasurable pursuits – have been denied us because of COVID-19.
But, we are almost there! This weird parenthesis in our lives will not last. Hold on and stay safe, dear ones! Keep believing and loving and living with worthiness and integrity each one of those days you’ve just placed upon your wall.
We can do it! You can do it!
Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn