There are many New Years on our Calendar – the Christian one on January First, Chinese New Year a month or so later. Judaism actually has multiple New Years – the famous one of Rosh Hashanah which we celebrated on Monday as well as 3 others including New Year of trees and one of animals.
Rosh Hashanah has always resonated to me as the real New Year – I think this is because of its correspondence with the academic calendar that has ruled my life (either directly or indirectly through my children) since as long as I can remember.
While our formal annual plans at SugarSync follow the secular calendar, in fact much of the thought and analysis about next year’s plan starts happening now.
I believe it is a healthy process, both in one’s personal and professional lives to consider the New Year and take stock. Evaluate what is working and not working. Are we making progress towards our goals? What needs to change?
If others close to us are going through that reflective process at the same it can be very helpful. Our colleagues and loved ones sometimes can help us see our blind spots which helps us to make needed changes.
We had a wonderful get together with Steve’s side of the family in Stockton this year and I’m looking forward to gathering many of our close friends and family at our home for Erev Yom Kippur. That is what I most treasure about the holidays – spending time with love ones. Wishing all of my readers a sweet year filled with love of family and friends.