Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year: 5,771 years of a peoples' history. May it be a sweet new year to all those of you who celebrate today!

In some senses, this holiday is considered the birthday of the world.

But perhaps more importantly, Rosh Hashanah is considered a time for personal renewal: not just to swear off our old bad habits, but to refresh and revitalize ourselves as human beings. We are tasked with resetting our priorities. The goal, which I find a profound one, is to realign your actual life with your ideal vision of the best possible "self" you always wanted to be.

I love the idea that we're supposed to sit down and reflect upon the past year, not for a guilt-fest about everything you did wrong, but rather to mull over small ways in which you can make yourself a better person, doing better in the world.

And as Brad Hirschfeld notes in the Huffington Post's new series on Religion and Public Life, you sure as heck don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this opportunity to make a fresh start.

I hope Brad won't mind my reprinting his wonderful advice here, complete with a seven-step plan for making the most of this Fall Reset:

"This Rosh Hashanah, whoever you are, and wherever you may be, take advantage of one ancient tradition's ideas and practices to relocate the person you most want to be and enjoy the renewal and liberation that come from finding that person once again. Here's how.

1. Go Back To The Beginning - Imagine that you are actually the first person in the world, that it was created for you. Who do you want to be, regardless of who others expect you to be? What is it that you want to accomplish? Experience? Create?

2. Take Stock Of What You Have - What values, relationships, skills or possessions do you value most and how can they help you achieve that for which you hope?

3. Repair What Is Broken - Reach out to those whom you may have hurt. Seek their forgiveness. Even if they are not ready to grant it, seeking it will help you move forward.

4. Offer Forgiveness - You need not forget the past, but the more able you are to forgive those who have hurt you in the past, the freer you will be of the pain they have caused.

5. Taste Something Sweet - Take a moment to savor something delicious, something that reminds you that even if life is not always sweet and good, we can always find something which is. {Editor's note: something with Splenda? Or use this opportunity to 'reset' your dosing skills? ;) }

6. Make A Plan - Create two lists to carry with you this year. On the first, list a few things to which you feel genuinely entitled and treat yourself accordingly. On the second, list a few things you feel truly obligated to do for others, whether it's convenient or not.

7. Take It Slow - Our lives are all a work in progress. Often that progress is slow, sometimes we stand still, and we even slip backward from time to time. When that happens, simply return to step one."

And from me, to All: a "L'Shanah Tovah" (good year!)

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