52 week challenge week 36: Relationships and address books


A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditional...

The shofar is calling to us! It’s Elul, and time to reflect on our lives, make changes for the better, and give more.

Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it, is to take some time to consider your relationships (part 1). I find it helpful to consider each person I live with and think about in what direction you want your relationship to continue. Do you want to work on being kinder, happier, more supportive? Do you want to rely more or less on someone? Can you be more forgiving, less demanding – or more, depending on what is needed? What do you want from your relationships?

Each child we have been blessed with has their own personality, and that definitely means we have different interactions. And there is at least one aspect of my relationship with each of these precious people that I want to work on. And then there is the foundation of our home: my marriage. This is something the look at and think about, and now is a good time!

The second part of this week’s challenge is to go through your address book. It’s time to update anything you “filed” in the book with the intent to fill in later. Anyone who has moved or has a new situation should be adjusted. If you’re sending out Rosh Hashanah / New Year’s cards, this should come at an auspicious time! But even if you’re not, this exercise might jog your memory. Is there someone you haven’t talked to in a while? Anyone you need to ask for forgiveness?

We order photo cards from Snapfish most years, and we still have to mail them off this year…Anyone else?


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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