Shanah tovah

Each morning, I remind myself, as if in answer to a young child, there have always been, and still are, mean-spirited people.  We must coexist with them, even though we do not share their beliefs or condone their actions, with the reassurance our own convictions will protect us from their influence.

Those who don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, can, and must, still have hope. In the forthcoming year, I will strive to let my better self govern my interactions with those who challenge, provoke and antagonize. I will disagree, when necessary, and agree, when appropriate.

Each day will be a new opportunity to promote goodwill and peace.

Best wishes.

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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5 Responses to Shanah tovah

  1. sammee44 says:

    I grew up in a multicultural neighbourhood and my early school years were in mini-United Nations-like classrooms. As kids we never thought anyone was “different”–we were just kids learning and playing together. That early exposure made a lasting impression as acceptance of different cultures, patience in listening and tolerance for other beliefs have been passed along. My grandchildren have made me proud. . .

  2. Ron. says:

    “In the forthcoming year, I will strive to let my better self govern my interactions with those who challenge, provoke and antagonize.” A fine pledge. Count me in, as always.

  3. Ditto Ron’s remarks.

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