There are times that I wonder why I have navigated a particular way, or what I am supposed to learn from certain situations. As you may remember, I went on the AISH trip for women, called JWRP (Jewish Women's Renaissance Project) with the goal of TAG - Transform and Grow! I really wanted to go back for the next part of the trip, but I was not considered. I would still love to go, but (unfortunately) I am probably not the demographic for which they are looking.
I also missed going to the St. Louis program featuring the person who is the star of the JWRP program, Lori Palatnik. However, a friend gave me a summary of what was spoken about (thanks, Rachael). The thing that has stuck with me from that summary is G-CAM.
G - giving or taking
C - connection or estrangement
A - acceptance or rejection
M - my will or G-d's will
This is the conscious (and hopefully unconscious at some point) list one should go down to evaluate if one's words, deeds or intentions, the things we should ask ourselves when we face challenges, questions, and even every day dilemmas.
I have this printed out and pinned to my board at work. Tonight, I just looked up and saw it again. Maybe having it pinned about eye-level isn't the best place! It reminds me to be conscious. It reminds me to look at things from multiple perspectives. And it reminds me how much I want to be back in Israel, learning from Lori again!