We need to have a conversation

We need to talk...

Not usually words that you want to hear. Or words that lead anywhere good.

In this instance we do need to talk.

The problem is, have we gone too far to actually hear what is being said on the other side of the conversation.

In some areas maybe...

But hopefully not.

Sometimes we are having separate conversations. Talking over one another without hearing each other.

Unfortunately there are some important issues that affect us all, and we need to be able to discuss them.

Health insurance is a big one.

Climate change is another.

Immigration is on the list.

Another is criminal justice and prisons.

And income inequality is yet another.

There are more but that is quite a list to start with. So let's take a deeper dive into each one.

This will be a series of posts taking on these topics that we struggle to, but really do need to talk about.

What is T’shuvah?

T’shuvah is such an amazing word.

It begins with the fundamental goodness of humanity. That everything belongs.

But it also includes everything wrong.
Everything that is unjust.

It is what it means to be human. The good and the bad.

That before anything else we are blessed. That creation is full of goodness, and holiness.

We are all on a path. Journeying through the Universe.
But through our choices, and actions we step off the path.

We hurt each other.
We hurt the earth.
We de-humanize one another.

We violate the goodness.

T’shuvah is returning to the path.
Re-joining the stream of goodness. Living as a part of humanity and not separating yourself from it.

T’shuvah isn’t only the return, but also the realization that you are not where you should be.

That you have strayed from the path.
Crossed a line.
Said more than you should.
Harmed others through your action, or even your inaction.
That you have pushed too far.

You are outside of the goodness.

If you experience the realization then you can make a choice again. You can T’shuvah to the path, and work to heal the harm caused.

T’shuvah is celebratory.
T’shuvah is joyful.
T’shuvah is freeing.

It is good.

It is part of what it means to be human.

T’shuvah is such an amazing word. 

It begins with the fundamental goodness of humanity. 

That everything belongs. 

But it also includes everything wrong. Everything that is unjust.  

It is what it means to be human. The good and the bad.

That before anything else we are blessed. 

That creation is full of goodness, and holiness.

We are all on a path. Journeying through the Universe. 

But through our choices, and actions we step off the path. 

We hurt each other. We hurt the earth. We de-humanize one another.

We violate the goodness.

T’shuvah is returning to the path. Re-joining the stream of goodness. 

Living as a part of humanity and not separating yourself from it.

T’shuvah isn’t only the return, but also the realization that you are not where you should be. 

That you have strayed from the path. 

Crossed a line. 

Said more than you should. 

Harmed others through your action, or even your inaction.

That you have pushed too far. 

You are outside of the goodness.

If you experience the realization then you can make a choice again. You can T’shuvah to the path, and work to heal the harm caused.

T’shuvah is celebratory. T’shuvah is joyful. T’shuvah is freeing.

It is good.

It is part of what it means to be human.