Ask 10 people what it means to live a purposeful and meaningful life, and you’re all but certain to get 10 different answers. But if they were being honest, they’d all agree on at least one thing: It simply isn’t possible to lead such a life without the fun, warmth, sustenance, and empowerment we receive from the people around us.
The Jewish New Year is approaching (it starts on the evening of Sept. 29), and as in many cultural traditions, it’s not only a time for family, friends, and good food, but also an opportunity for reflection – about the past, the present, and the future.
It’s in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere, hot as hell, and so much dust that I haven’t experienced since my days in the army. It’s pretty fair to say that 350 days out of the year, you wouldn’t run into a single living being out there.
As the summer draws to an end and everyone returns from their fabulous holidays with their excellent stories, we’ve been thinking about travelling, and what it means to come home.
The United Kingdom recently attracted global headlines, not because of Brexit, but for their decision to appoint a “minister for loneliness.” The role is designed to address what Prime Minister Theresa May described as a “sad reality of modern life” – individuals’ growing sense of social isolation and the fracturing of community institutions that long played a vital role in strengthening the social fabric.