Letting Go

School’s back in session, election season is upon us (here in Massachusetts it’s Primary Day for local government races) and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is just around the corner. It’s a season of new beginnings—and a time, for me, to take stock of where I’m at, where I’m heading and how I could do/live/be better in the coming year.

With that in mind, I share the following animated video, which I saw this past weekend at a program at our synagogue, in preparation for the High Holidays. It’s all about dealing with people who have hurt you one way or another. Well worth the ten minutes, and the theme is universal. Especially when living with chronic illness, we need to use our energy well and manage stress. I hope you find it as thought-provoking as I did.

Animation, story and voices by Hanan Harchol (in case, for some reason, you can’t see the embedded video below, you’ll find the link here):

P.S. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Yiddish, a schmendrick is a stupid person, a fool, a nincompoop.

More from Hanan Harchol can be found at jewishfoodforthought.com

Evelyn Herwitz blogs weekly about living fully with chronic disease, the inside of baseballs, turtles and frogs, J.S. Bach, the meaning of life and whatever else she happens to be thinking about at livingwithscleroderma.com.

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