Jewish Journal

Compulsive Redemption

by Beit T'shuvah

January 3, 2013 | 1:30 pm

By BTS Prevention

Part of addiction is compulsion, and as this blog’s title is “Addicted to Redemption” we find that we must compulsively redeem ourselves.  For us, redemption is not relegated to the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and it is not specific to New Years.

Jewishly and Secularly, these days are set aside to look at the past year and look forward into the next one.  We make t’shuvah, we make promises, and we make resolutions.  Often, these resolutions dissipate by the end of the day, week, or month.  By February, we have fallen off the wagon and by May we have forgotten them altogether.

But there is a clear solution to this problem—become addicted to redemption.  Make it a daily habit; change yourself every day.  As we are fluid and dynamic beings, stagnation is synonymous with regression.  If we do not make progress, we will inevitably fall.  We must always be moving forward— however, it impossible to do this perfectly.  We may slip, mess up, and move backwards.  But that does not mean that redemption has flown out the window—it just means that we must recommit and rededicate ourselves to the process.

So, if you have already broken your resolution, don’t beat yourself up, because the process of change does not contain itself to the yearly markings of the Gregorian calendar.

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