I came across this website, Jewels of Elul
, randomly today and it’s struck a chord with me, got me thinking about dedication. Craig Taubman began this site 6 years ago collecting short stories, anecdotes and introspections from many fascinating people including President Barack Obama, Eli Winkelman, Desmond Tutu, the Dali Lama, Sarah Lefton, Eli Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Pastor Rick Warren, Kirk Douglas, Rev. Ed Bacon, Rabbi David Wolpe, Ruth Messinger, Jeffrey Katzenberg and over 100 other inspired voices . . . well known and not so well known. “There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The time is supposed to challenge us to use each day as an opportunity for growth and discovery.”
I like this idea, a lot. A dedication to growth and discovery. How does dedication come into my own life? I’ve gone in and out of different types of dedication. I’ve done a 365 photography project
and I’ve trained for 3 triathlons
. I’ve dedicated myself to being healthy, creative and overall a good person.
And I’ve fallen out of dedication. I’ve slept in, chosen eating out over preparing a meal myself and I’ve chosen to hibernate in my own self pity than help others.
This website has awoken me today. If nothing else it reminded me that the dedication to be ME and to be happy is still alive, and for me to continue to be true to that.
What are you dedicated to right now?