When the tank seems to be running low, the days growing shorter and the cold moving in, I recognize the need for an intentional focus on what will motivate me through the winter season, answering the personal question: What fuels my fire?
This is when I fix myself a warm cup of mint tea, cuddle up in my favorite corner of the couch, draw in some intentional breaths, and remind myself that I wake up every morning to serve God, my family and my community. When we take the time to reflect and care for ourselves, we provide ourselves with the needed rest to get back on our feet and continue to serve.
With God, family, and community as my grounding pillars, I find continued strength to engage in the holy work necessary to continue to build a better world. Even when the darkest of days roll in on our year, I know that each of us has the power to bring light to the world, well beyond our eight nights of Chanukah. Take care of yourself this winter season, and may each of us find quiet moments to recognize what motivates our days, what fuels our fire. Through this process may we shine brighter for our community and the world.
Rachael Miller is an assistant rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs.