When looking to move forward and grow, what is more important and challenging: to develop a vision for the future or to leave your past behind? Think about that for a while. Intuitively most people would answer the former. After all, aren’t we taught in business school and in self-help guides that we must begin with “the end in mind” (the 2nd of Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). In truth, however, with all the focus on the destination, and with all the best intentions to get there, if you cannot get beyond your past you will be haunted and weighed down by it like a ball and chain impeding your forward movement.
But how does one leave the past behind, a past that has shaped and defined you, a past that has become part of your being? And how do we balance the need to look ahead, to dream of a brighter future, while dealing with the ghosts of the past?
Please join Rabbi Jacobson in this probing talk, as he digs into the raw guts of our pasts — dissecting the forces and fears that keep us trapped. Discover ways to excise and expunge the toxins of the past and retain the healthy “cells.” As we enter the month of Elul, a month of accounting for the past year and preparing for the coming year, learn how to leave the past behind and open yourself to new possibilities.