For anyone who aspires to be a leader called to make a difference, or if one simply wants to be a person whose life counts, wrestling with God and oneself will become one's unavoidable and ongoing character pruning experience.
It is only now, looking back a year into my new life, that I realize what a crazy thing it was to do, and what a brilliant one. What made me take the leap? I went for a few months, to write and gain some perspective.
While preparing for a recent Tai Chi class, I was struck by the importance of space in generating power in Yang-style Tai Chi. This led me to think about how critical space can be in generating powerful results in anyone's life.
For nearly a decade now, I've begun my workdays by focusing for 90 minutes on the task I decide the night before is the most important one I'll face the following day. I long ago discovered that my capacity for intense focus diminishes as the day wears on.
Gratifying our most immediate needs and desires provides bursts of pleasure, but they're usually short-lived. We derive the most enduring sense of meaning and satisfaction in our lives when we serve something larger than ourselves.
Rosh Hashanah 2010, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 8th. And while it marks the turn of Jewish calendar year 5770 to 5771, it also celebrates the fundamental human need for liberation, return and renewal.