Glass Half Full

As the end of the Jewish year approaches and a new one begins, I find myself without a clear mind. I have many thoughts and reflections on the past year and just about life in general. The one thought that I would like to focus on would be the idea of self-examination. Are you happy with whom you are right now at this point in your life?

This idea is a process that indicates one is ready to make an internal change—seeing oneself differently in the world, in your relationships, in your community; seeing the glass as half full if you’re normally a glass-half-empty kind of person; being able to enjoy life’s journey and make meaning out of it.

How can you see yourself differently in the world, in your relationships, in your community?

To quote Robert Byrne, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” We must strive to create lives that are filled with purpose and meaning. One way to approach this philosophy is to live a life with the glass-half-full mindset. Take a positive approach to all of life’s challenges, pains, losses, obstacles, etc…because, not to be negative, life is filled with them. That’s not always easy, but speaking from experience, trying to put a positive spin on negative occurrences goes a long way. You must gain the mindset and realize that whatever you’re going through could be worse, and chances are, someone else in the world does have it worse than you do.

Make meaning out of life’s journey—remember and reminisce about the past, celebrate the present, and plan for and be excited about your future.

These are just a few thoughts that are going through my head at this point in my life…and maybe some words of wisdom. Please share your thoughts with me!

Fun Fall Facts

Today, September 23, 2011, the first day of fall (or autumn as also commonly called), marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. I love the way the leaves change colors (not for me, since I live in south Florida). I love holidays that fall around now—beginning with the Jewish new year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Hanukkah and Christmas. I love the flavors and scents of the warm apple cinnamon, the spices, pumpkin, ginger. I love the change in weather; that change in wearing shorts and tank tops to wearing jeans and boots.

Fun Facts About Fall

  1. Glucose trapped in the leaves gives them their red color. The brown coloring comes from the waste trapped there. Red and purple come from anthocyanin pigments formed in the dying leaves (the same pigment in purple grapes, red apples, and violets).
  2. About 500 years ago when Middle English was spoken, expressions like “fall of the leaf and “fall of the year” were commonly used. Thus, the name “Fall” stuck as the name of the season.
  3. Football season has started back up again.
  4. Orange and black are the Halloween colors because the orange symbolizes the colors of the Fall harvest and the black is associated with the darkness and death that come with Halloween.
  5. Pumpkins come in other colors besides orange—white, blue, and green.
  6. Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving. Their celebration lasted 3 days.
  7. In the U.S., about 280 million turkeys are sold for family Thanksgiving celebrations.
  8. Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. begins the Christmas shopping season.
  9. The first day of fall is also the second equinox of the year and the Earth’s axis isn’t pointing toward or away from the sun.
  10. The first day of fall has approximately equal amounts of daytime and nighttime.