This post is about the Jewish month of Kislev, as it relates to The Chazak Plan: A 12 Month Journey to Spiritual Strength.
Rosh Chodesh Kislev begins Wednesday night, the 30th of November, and lasts for one day.
During this month we celebrate the festival of Chanukah, which commemorates the miracle of the oil, the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks and the rededication of the Second Temple. A key message of the festival is expressing gratitude to God for the miracles He performs for us.
Each day, preferably at the beginning of the day, spend time feeling grateful for the blessings your Creator gave you. Thank Him for His many gifts, for the bright side/silver lining of your difficulties, and for signs of His help amidst your challenges. Input this daily practice of expressing gratitude into your checklist.
In addition, express your appreciation to others. You can do this in person, on the phone, via a quick email or text, or with a written note.
The readings for this month focus on Chanukah and related themes. For additional discussion on gratitude, see the first tool in, “6 Tools to Enhance Your Mood.”
Questions for the month:
“What is something I am very grateful to God for? What can I say to Him to express my appreciation?”
“Who is someone who has helped me? How can I express my appreciation?”
Take care and may God grant us success in the coming month,