Letting go of negative feelings go is not easy. Patterns of thought and behavior keep familiar habits close. But choosing to live our lives open to an unwritten narrative we can be lead to a place of discovery, for ourselves and our families.
I’m not a very good listener. The problem is, I think I am.
Because with total strangers, I am excellent. New people to me are like books. They have a whole story and a lifetime of experiences that I am interested in uncovering.
But I can go into autopilot pretty easily when it comes to my children.
Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to parenting. My most recent journey into impatience came last night as my 2-year-old daughter twirled and sang her way into the wee hours of the night.
So in order to really celebrate Chanukah this year let’s ask ourselves, what makes us Jews distinct? How can we celebrate our distinctiveness in ways that strengthen our own identities and the Jewish identity of our families?