I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a guest in someone's home and what it takes to be a "good" guest and to be hosted and made to feel comfortable. And how I should think about it differently when I have the honor of hosting others.
A once in a century holiday is upon us. The menurkey will soon sit at the table with the pumpkin pie and the latkes.
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our house was five blocks from Michigan Stadium. I lived and breathed Michigan football.
When I was first asked to write this post, I struggled with how to answer the question. After all, what I might choose to ignore is not what someone else tunes out. But, as I sat on Twitter in a discussion about EBT systems (Electronic Benefit Transfer, a way for states to issue welfare benefits, including but not limited to food stamps) encountering technical problems in 17 states, I noticed that I was repeating the same facts about the program over and over again.
Hanukah is a wonderful time--a time for coming together, for creating light in the darkness, for eating delicious fried foods. And it's also a time for remembering that, as the Maccabees knew, there are things worth fighting for, things that are too precious to be destroyed.
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Ignoring is easy; everyone does it. However, there is a stark contrast between forgetfulness and ignoring. When we purposefully choose to put things out of our head, our mind takes a different path. When one chooses to ignore something, it is an intentional act to remove meaning and power from that thing. And once power and meaning are gone from that thought, action, person, worry, care, or idea, we believe that ‘thing’ no longer has an existence.