Pesach

Last night, I joined one of my best friend's family for their Passover seder. It was my second year celebrating the Jewish holiday that marks the beginning of Passover, a ritual-filled night of wine, food, and song. Having grown up Presbyterian, I've always been familiar with the Old Testament story of Passover but never took to heart the significance of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt until joining friends for Passover last year at a Jewish temple near the city.

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One Wild and Precious Life

This morning, I was thinking of all the potential adventures, connections, and opportunities the new year holds, which naturally brought me to the idea of New Year's resolutions. I've always had a love/hate relationship with resolutions. While I value the goal oriented nature of them, I've always resented how they're something to set annually and then slowly walk away from throughout the year. So this year, I resolve to set New Year's intentions rather than resolutions. Resolutions seem to lack the middle ground that sustains motivation over time; intentions, however, are a place to return to again and again. They provide a point of focus and can (and often should) encompass a wide variety of actions. For 2016, my intention is all about health, physical, emotional and even financial.

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