It is the beginning of a new Jewish New Year, and I am looking back over the last 12 months.
You said back, at the beginning of 5771, that this would be the year that you took your job more seriously. But it’s been so much more than that. The whole agency has really been transformed over the last year.
To say “take it more seriously” – sure. But what you did over this last year is found the leaders who would work with you to make the transformation possible. And now the money is coming in a little more easily. It’s still hard – plenty hard – to do fundraising, but you don’t feel as desperate as you did when you first started.
You’re still in your little office in Mary Queen of Peace – that hasn’t changed. Yet. But the way that it really has changed is in the dynamism, the feeling of real DIRECTION that the agency has this year. All you can say is, “wow”.
Another major change this year has been that Rose finished her senior year of high school, and she is now off to college. This grand project you began with David, to raise your children, is starting to come to an end. You already feel sad, you already feel like you miss her – and at the same time – you know, she is going to be this amazing grown woman, and her first step at true independence has now begun. You are filled with so much pride, love, joy – it just brims to the top and spills all over your life.
Another thing that happened this year was a trip you took as a family. You went to a foreign country, some place you hadn’t been before. You maybe weren’t quite ready for the trip, and yet you did it anyway. It was an amazing adventure, beyond anything you ever could have imagined – the best way to have spent this summer, no question.
Which also brings up the trip to Israel. It was not quite what you expected. Rafe and Olivier did what they said they would. You danced in the desert, you sang, you prayed – all these things are true. Instead, what made the trip so different was that Israelis were not who you expected them to be. People all around you were not what you thought they’d be like. You still are unsure what to make of the experience.
You also had another experience this year – one that could not have been anticipated a year previously. You also gave yourself to something larger than yourself – more than once. You also were able to bridge some gaps – wider gaps than others would have expected.
All these things happened – and more. Plenty of bicycle miles, hiking in the woods – all these things and more. 2 years ago