Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Walking in Your Story

The legend goes like this: on the first sacred day the Great Book in the sky is opened. We are all there, marked on its pages-- not just our names but what we've done and haven't done. The Book remains open for ten days-- from the eve of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

During these ten days we are being watched from above. We cannot hide. This is the time to forgive and ask forgiveness, to love and be loved, to give and receive, to tell the truth about ourselves and others-- no matter how much it hurts. These are the judgment days, here on earth, while we are alive-- while we can still change the course of the story.







That's why I love this legend: it's all about revision. It allows us the opportunity to rewrite what we don't like about ourselves. For ten days we walk through a spiritually charged world in which everything we say and do matters.




After the tenth day the Book is shut. The Heavens closed. We can no longer erase, highlight, cut and paste. For another year we must live the story we told about ourselves and follow it through ... till next Rosh Hashana, when the Book is brought out again.

I set my novel-- the one I just finished-- during these ten days. On the first night, my heroine looks out the door. Black wind blows. A shadow approaches. She doesn't know yet who it is but she knows it's meant for her, and she quivers with the weight of the secret she hides. She wants to run back inside and hide but the story has begun.

7 comments:

Katie L. Carroll said...

I'm not Jewish and didn't know much about this holiday. Thanks for educating me...I think we all could use 10 days of revision in our lives.

And what a wonderful time in which to set a story. It sounds wonderfully intriguing!

Prashanta Chhetri said...

A time when the book is open...

Melissa Clare Wright said...

Sounds intriguing... And I daresay we could all use a little revision.

Ruth Knafo Setton said...

Katie & Melissa-- I know, 10 days of revision sounds pretty good right about now!
I'm glad you think the book sounds intriguing. I'm so excited about it!

Ruth Knafo Setton said...

Prashanta-- a time when the book is open ...
a time to start a new chapter or maybe even a new story ...?

EmilySantana said...

Your writing is magnetizing! It truly takes me to a different place. I can't wait to read your new book!

Ruth Knafo Setton said...

Thanks so much, Emily! I'll let you know when it's available!