Thursday, August 28, 2014
#BlogElul 2: Act
Actions speak louder than words.
Well done is better than well said. (Ben Franklin)
The shortest answer is doing. (Lord Herbert)
All know the way. Few know how to walk it. (Bodhidharma)
Do not be wise in words, be wise in deeds (Proverb)
If you read all of these quotes, you would think that words are unimportant and that only deeds matter.
And in truth, actions are important. The high holy days ask us to change our actions.
But there's also our words. Words matter. Words are important. What we say and how we say it? These are important and critical parts of how the world works. If we say the wrong words, the bad words, the mean or uncaring words, the hurtful words, the thoughtless words....
It all matters.
The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.