Hands down, my very favorite month of the entire year is September – and in the Hebrew calendar – Elul.
For those who know me well, might guess that I love this time of year because this month also serves as my wedding anniversary month – but I can assure you it has nothing to do with that (although at the time, I might have decided to get married in September because I loved it so much J) But no, September to me has some wonderful elements going on that I often wish I could bottle up and keep them for the rest of the year.
It’s a Time of Change & Transition
The summer has officially ended and the new school year is beginning. New classrooms, new teachers, new SCHOOL SUPPLIES! (I’m a school supply junkie :)) For those of us not in school there is still a sense of change – and we get that from the shift in seasons. The weather starts to cool off; jackets start to come out of the closets and with that, the attitudes change along with them. Suddenly days of laying on the beach or poolside are no longer… vacations are ending and time to “get back to work” and gear up for the New Year.
Rosh HaShana helps kick us into gear… I love this time of year because the entire atmosphere seems to scream “NEW.” I love tapping into this “energy” by coming up with new ideas, new projects and new goals for year that lies ahead. September holds such wonderful promise of what this new year will hold for us – the new challenges – the new adventures and I love nothing more than getting ready to live it all! So granted, I might not be sharpening my pencils and cleaning my uniform skirt for my first day back with my Morah – but September for me will always hold that wonderful feeling of “fresh and new.” The possibilities of a clean slate with the chance to start all over again. Putting the past year (with its mistakes) in the past, and an opportunity to try again!
Do you get that same feeling when September comes? (aside from dread at having to deal with getting the kids off to school every day :))
Wishing you all a wonderful September – and a terrific new year!