The month of Elul is a time to slow down the rush of our lives, to take the time to get ourselves ready for the High Holidays. Here are some ideas of what you can do to prepare:
1. Look back over the past year. What have been the high moments of the year for you? What are the places where you feel you could have done better?
2. Look forward to the coming year. What do you hope to accomplish in the New Year? What do you hope to change? Where do you want to go?
3. Plan a few specifics. Give yourself some goals. Set some dates and times to put into practice your plans for making the New Year truly new.
4. Plan to celebrate. Whether at our communal Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner, at home, or with friends or family, make plans to share the first moments of the New Year with others. Wherever we are on our life's path and wherever we are going, we all have much for which to be grateful at the turning of the year.
Anticipating the new, in Elul we begin to wish each other well in the year to come. L'shanah Tovah Tikateivu - may you be inscribed for a year full of blessings.