It is easy to pray on Yom Kippur when times are rough. When you desperately need things in your life and you feel nothing is going your way, an argument can be made that the only thing left to do is pray. So what does one do when they take an accounting of their year and their life and see good things happening? How does one approach the Day of Atonement. If one is selfless enough it is easy to look at those who have suffered and are suffering and feel that strong need to pray on their behalf and ask God to provide them with a better year ahead. However, on a personal level if one still has trouble finding in their heart and soul that which would motivate them there is one word that should help any and all of us find that motivation. The word is humility. Believing and subsequently understanding that the good things bestowed upon us are gifts from God allows us to approach the holiday in the right frame of mind. It drives us to thank God for all we’ve received, plead to God to forgive us for all we’ve done wrong, and ask God to provide for us in the year ahead.
I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous year.