Be here now.
Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton
This image is something I should keep in my wallet! Mistakes are one thing, but regrets are soul-crushing.
I keep a Jewish prayer written on a 4 x 6 card, lodged in a book beside my bed. It’s a nighttime prayer, asking for peace during sleep, and in part, for a rest from thinking about mistakes we’ve made, things we’ve left undone. It’s a reassuring way to end the day.
would you share your prayer?
Thanks for asking, Mary. I’m hesitant because I say the prayer in Hebrew, which enables me to go beyond the literal translation and focus on the spirit of it. The idea of God is also an awkward and uncomfortable thing for lots of people. And even I’m not sure how I feel about it. That said, here are a few of the lines I especially like:
Help us to lie down in peace and awaken us again to life renewed.
Remove from us the voices of blame and accusation that surround us.
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