Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us the chance to reflect on what is truly important in our lives, and about how we can realign our lives with our priorities. Here are some questions to get you started! (Adapted from “Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit,” by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf.)
1) When are the times that my life feels the most meaningful? During the last year, how often did I experience such times? What can I do in the coming year to have more of these experiences?
2) What brings me the most happiness?
3) What are the most important relationships in my life? Over the last year, have these relationships become closer and deeper or did they drift and stagnate? What can I do to nurture and strengthen these relationships in the coming year?
4) Is there anyone from whom I have been estranged during the past year? What steps can I take to heal this relationship in the coming year?
5) How often do I express my feelings to those who mean the most to me?
6) What dreams do I have for my life? What dreams did I have that I have given up on? Why?
7) What are my three major goals in life? What have I done in the last year to achieve them? What practical steps can I take in the coming year to work towards these goals?What, if I do not do it, will I most regret when next Rosh Hashanah arrives?
8) What is the most important decision I made during the last year? What important decision did I avoid making in the last year?
If you feel up to it, post an answer to one of these questions on TRS social media using #trstuneup – we’d love to see how you’re feeling about all of this!