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December 16 Message

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Shabbat Shalom!

Many of you have heard me say….take a step out our your comfort zone! That when you are comfortable doing a task or job, then it is the time to step out into the unknown, into a task that you have never done previously.

Why?? Because as you take each step you find that you were able to step up, succeed in that new task, and the feeling of accomplishment is so empowering. You do not need previous ambitions, or a desire to do something. However, when the opportunity presents itself or you feel the need to do something a little different take that step.

This is the perfect time of the year for me to share these thoughts with you. Why?? Because many of our sisterhoods have begun planning for their annual Women’s League Shabbat. Parts are being distributed, you may have already been asked to take a part. So…did you say that you would take the same part as last year? Why?? Because you already knew it? Because you were comfortable? I urge you to go back to those planning your WL Shabbat, and let them know that you would like to take another part too! If you have never had an aliyah..go for it! If you have never had a part at all, preferring to stay in the background and do the behind the scenes work…which we need to, don’t get me wrong, but take an English reading or an ark opening! I am not just saying this….I am doing this too! In my own sisterhood, on our WL Shabbat I have been asked to take a part, something that I have never done before…and yes, I am going out of my comfort zone…that is the only way to learn and empower ourselves.

Another reason why I feel that this quote was so timely….our nominating committees have begun working in many of our sisterhoods and regions…take that step…get involved. Say “yes”, when asked. Not only will you learn something new, but you will take that step to connect yourself to other Conservative Jewish women in your community, and throughout your region. And, that goes for our Individual Members as well….contact your region president and let her know that you are ready, willing and able to get involved.

From personal experience, going out of my comfort zone, has been the very best thing that I ever did. Why?? Because I have learned, grown, made friends all over the world, and every time I take that step, do that new task…I feel empowered! And that is the best feeling one can have.

Wishing each of you a very peaceful and if you are in the northeast a very warm Shabbat!
Carol