Day 0: Introducing #BlogElul 5776

Coming up soon (Sept 14, to be exact) is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is not – to put it in business terms – a year-end review. It’s a job interview. It’s the time when you reflect on how the past year went so that you can commit to making adjustments in attitude and behavior so that we continue to improve as people. It’s high stakes stuff. Have a bad interview, and The Boss might not renew our contract.

As anyone who’s been in a high-stakes interview can attest this is not something that you just show up for unprepared. You’ve got to show up for that interview with your facts straight, with a clear understanding of the numbers, your accomplishments, your shortcomings, etc.

To help with that, a bunch of folks from all walks of life participate in #BlogElul: A daily prompt provides the theme and people riff on that – sometimes a few hundred words, sometimes an image, sometimes a poem or just a single sentence. It’s something I’ve done for a few years now and I’m excited to participate again this season.

This year, I thought I’d add a twist and also do an IT Pro version of #BlogElul. A reflection on each of the daily prompts and what they mean in an computer geek context. You can catch those thoughts over HERE.

If you are interested in joining in you can find more information on the blog of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, the woman who started it:

If you have suggestions on what I should include for any of the days, let me know!

And the daily prompts are here:

  • Elul 1: Prepare
  • Elul 2: Act
  • Elul 3: Search
  • Elul 4: Understand
  • Elul 5: Accept
  • Elul 6: Know
  • Elul 7: Be
  • Elul 8: Hear
  • Elul 9: See
  • Elul 10: Count
  • Elul 11: Trust
  • Elul 12: Forgive
  • Elul 13: Remember
  • Elul 14: Learn
  • Elul 15: Change
  • Elul 16: Pray
  • Elul 17: Awaken
  • Elul 18: Ask
  • Elul 19: Judge
  • Elul 20: Dare
  • Elul 21: Love
  • Elul 22: End
  • Elul 23: Begin
  • Elul 24: Hope
  • Elul 25: Intend
  • Elul 26: Create
  • Elul 27: Bless
  • Elul 28: Give
  • Elul 29: Return

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