#blogElul 2017 – Day 4: Choose












When I was a kid, the grand issues
of the day were easily resolved:27NYTODAY-superJumboharlem
Stick ball or ringolevio?
One, two, three…shoot!
Who’s up first – my team or yours?
One potato, two potato…
Should we play Monopoly or Life?
Rock, paper, scissors…shoot!

Life as an adult is not so simple
issues are more complex:
What career do I crave?
One, two, three…shoot?
Do I want to have children?
One potato, two potato…?
Is it appropriate to get angry?
Rock, paper, scissors?

Is anger even a choice?
Does it come on too fast and
furious to allow reflection?
Is there a difference between
anger and rage?
Can rage be righteous?

Step 1 – Recognize:
Admit the anger
Discern its derivation
Observe the outbursts.
No more, no less.


Once again, I’m participating in #BlogElul, which I have followed for a few years. In past years, I’ve found it helpful as I ponder and reflect in the month before the High Holidays – Yamim Noraim. Check out some of the amazing  themed posts geared around the work and joy of Elul – of introspection and reflection in the days leading to the High Holy Days (Organized by Ima Bima.) You can read prior years’ #blogElul posts via the Elul tag.

About armsakimbobook

I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Maynard, MA, with my wife and and our two moose-cats, Samson and Hercules. My daughter used to live with me part-time, but she's all grown up now and in her junior year of college, which I can't quite fathom, since she was born about five minutes ago...
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