The Shehechiyanu
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The Shehechiyanu

As I thought of writing my gratitude post today in response to Laurel Regan’s Gratitude List Linkup #46, I remembered reading about the Jewish practice called Shehechiyanu (pronounced sh-heh-hi-yah-nu) : saying a blessing for new and special experiences.

The Shehechiyanu is a Jewish blessing that thanks God for sustaining our lives so that we could experience a moment of joy. It reminds us that life is a gift from God and helps us to appreciate when something good happens.

The translation reads :
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the
Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and
enabled us to reach this occasion.*

 

New and special experiences? We have them every day, don’t we?

“In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

Today I give thanks for

  • A morning walk with Pablo. I don’t walk him every day – Jose does. But on days that I do, his excitement about a walk is so infectious, you can’t help enjoying it too.
  • A good breakfast – rotis and potato bhaji after ages!
  • Lots of fresh vegetables and fruits that Jose bought today. We enjoyed corn on the cob this evening. Extra green chillies give me a chance to try out some new recipes!
  • A lovely movie that I watched on YouTube.
  • Interacting with some really cool bloggers – Judy Yaron, for example!
  • Learning from the experience of friends.

 

The Shehechiyanu

 

What new and special experiences are you grateful for?

 

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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

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