#BlogElul 25: Begin

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Begin
to end
harmful behaviors
toward others
and my self.

Begin
to love
my self
and others
with intention.

 

Begin
to dare
others
and my self
to act with kindness.

Begin
to change
impatience in my self
so I can accept
others.

Begin
to judge
my self
and others
with compassion.

Begin
to ask
others
for help
for my self.

Begin
to pray
with fervency
for others
and my self.

Begin
to awaken
my self
to others
with humility.

Begin
to understand
the synergy of
my self and others
in community.

Begin
to learn
appropriate boundaries
toward others
and my self.

Begin
to remember
my self
as much as
I do others.

Begin
to forgive
my self
as readily as
I forgive others.

Begin
to trust
others
to be gentle
with my self.

Begin
to count
blessings for
others and
my self.

Begin
to see
my self
and others
as holy souls.

Begin
to hear
others
and listen
to my self.

Begin
to believe
in others
and my self
in times of doubt.

Begin
to be
available to
my self and others
in times of need.

Begin
to search
for my self
in the eyes
of others.

Begin
to know
that goodness dwells
in the hearts of
others and my self.

Begin
to accept
what others
believe
about my self.

Begin
to bless
the fragility
in my self
and others.

Begin
to act
with tenderness
toward my self
and others.

Begin
to do
altruistic acts
for others
and my self.


I’ve decided to participate for the first time in #blogElul, which I have followed for a few years. I’ve never had the courage to get my feet wet – this year, I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool! Check out some of the amazing  themed posts geared around the work and joy of Elul – of introspection and reflection in the days leading to the High Holy Days (Organized by Ima Bima.) You can read last year’s and this year’s #blogElul posts via the Elul tag.

About armsakimbobook

I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Medford, MA, part time with my 11 year-old daughter and full time with our dog, Toast, and our cats, Samson and Hercules.
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