Temple Jeremiah


Jeremiah Gems- Lisa Guralnick

During the school year, I almost always feel like I am in a state of stress. I am the only social worker in a public high school in the city with over 1,400 students. School starts at 7:45am, I usually leave work around 5:30pm, then rush to get the kids at after care, cook dinner, help the kids with homework, bath, etc. My kids are 6 and 8 years old, they are adorable and I love them greatly, but they are utterly exhausting.

It’s all about perspective though. I know I am not unique. This is the life of a working mom. I am grateful that I have a job (and that I love what I do), that I have healthy children, and that I have a devoted husband who gets my children dressed, fed, and to school every morning, washes the dishes every night, and helps do laundry and other tasks. But I forget these things sometimes-unless I slow down and make a conscious effort to connect to God. I love the month of Elul and the High Holy Days because it forces me to look back on the past year and reflect. It humbles me. Overall it was a very good year. This coming year I want to remember more often that all is well. I want to slow down more and enjoy each moment. I want to connect more with others and to be more patient and loving with every one who comes into my life, especially my family. I want to be more tolerant of people and judge less. I want to strengthen my spirituality. I have faith that God will give me the strength to face the stress and chaos in my life, but I also know that it takes work to face it with grace.

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