• Jodi Samuels

My New Year Resolution



I am going to live my life to the fullest.


For those of you who know me, you would probably argue that I already live life pretty well. I have seen 67 countries, we go out every night, and I am always planning. In June, Gavin asked me when our next free night was and I answered Sept 15 — I was serious. People laugh when they invite us for Shabbat in October and I respond that our next free Shabbat is in January.


In the last year, I have seen so much sadness, anger, loss, betrayal and fear, not in my life specifically but among so many people in my world: My dad’s illness, my friend giving birth to a blind baby, my friend who lost her husband in a boating accident, my friend whose husband had an affair, the ugly divorces and my older single friends’ bitterness. I am not sure if life just got tougher or I am just more aware of life’s dramas but they got me thinking…


Gavin always jokes that being married to me is like being on a high speed car chase and never stopping to see the scenery. Am I so busy chasing life that I forget to stop and see the scenery? Am I appreciating every day with my kids and marveling at Meron’s maturity or how funny Temira looks without her three teeth? Do I find that extra hour to visit the old couple in Israel that is so wise? Did I take the time to make those calls instead of sending a group email? Did I savor the wine? Did I relish a day of just doing nothing?


My resolution is to live my life even fuller by promising myself to stop and reflect and take in everything around me, to enjoy the moment, to stand back and appreciate what life has to offer.


Metroimmas, share your New Year’s resolutions with us here at Metroimma. Hopefully, we can all learn from each others’ promises and goals for the future.


Originally published: September 14, 2010

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