By the time this article reaches your home, winter will be in retreat and evidence of spring will be emerging. Yet at the time of writing in January, many of us suspect the full force of winter is yet to come. We are also trying to stay engaged and involved but we are tired of the unending waves of Covid and the unpredictable changes it has caused. Being a species of eternal optimists however, we see the hours of light lengthening each day and in spite of the cold we walk our neighborhoods or drive to our workout facilities to socialize and maintain our health. There is much good happening in the midst of all we are currently experiencing.
There is also a place in our minds and hearts for wisdom and humor, so I thought that I would share a few sayings with the intent of eliciting a nod or a smile from you. I begin with a local sage advisor who wrote to me “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I chuckled when I read the George Burns quote “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Then there is my personal favorite that has repeatedly proven helpful from Douglas Adams & the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy “Don’t Panic.” Whether you view Mark Twain as friend or foe, he had an enlightened perspective that applies to our current media experience “Get your facts first, then distort them as you please” and while Robin Williams’ tragic end was felt by many, his humor still resonates with “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
We are blessed with a new executive, Marc Swatez, we have dedicated professionals and lay leaders and a growing Jewish community. I personally want to thank Gigi Marks Felsher and Katy Cantor for whom I am eternally grateful. Their advice, patience and not-infrequent healthy discussions proved invaluable.
There is much to be hopeful about in the coming months and years, so I want to close with a friend’s quote “Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh LaZeh” (“All Israel is responsible for one another”). We will get wherever we are going of that, I am sure.