Forgiveness is a righteous, highly selfish, act. Saturday evening, August thirty-first, I attended the Selichot Service at the De Hirsch Sinai Temple in Bellevue, Washington. Selichot is the Hebrew word for forgiveness. In the discussion following a short clip about historic gross indiscretions against people and groups, such as the Holocaust, Slavery, the Amish school massacre, and even the yet unaddressed killing of several unarmed Irish youths by the British in Belfast, Ireland some thirty years ago, it became obvious to me that the term forgiveness did not mean exactly the same thing to everyone in the room. It also occurred to me that the term, though obviously implying "release," would not have the same meaning for both sides, the one forgiving, and the one being forgiven, solicited or not.
Twice I went for a walk yesterday. I logged about eleven thousand steps, nine thousand of which counted as exercise steps. It was a sunny day, a beautiful day, and I worked up a sweat. I walked to a park nearly two miles from where I am staying, but I had to turn around as I got there because I had to relieve myself. I did not think to use the facilities at the park until I got back home. Something is amiss with my thought process. I truly mean that.
For the past eleven weeks I've been on a program to drop some weight. I did a little research and discovered that for one hundred and seventy pounds for my height I should consume two thousand and forty calories per day, that’s if I don’t do any exercise or do any walking that is out of the ordinary, i.e., long walks. As it turned out just about two weeks into the program I chanced to have a bout with the Gout. This time it landed in my knee. Needless to say I have been incapacitated for much of these past nine weeks, but keeping a food diary and staying somewhat true to total daily caloric intake, I managed to drop twenty three and a half pounds. What changed here for the most part is that I no longer stop “everywhere” for a “bite to eat.” Passing Jack in the Box “a couple of chicken sandwiches sound good,” and so on. Looking for something to do?” “Let’s go eat!” Oooh, how about a Big Mac and some fries? Or a Double Whopper with cheese? Oh, I’m so stuffed! Let’s go to Whole Foods for a salad and some soup. That’s healthy, and it’s only a salad. The soup is mostly water..