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Naming Rights: What Name Will You Adopt for 2018?

Have you ever had this thought: “I am never going to get those 30 minutes back?” It may be more time or less time, and the regret may be over watching a video or reading a blog, engaging in a conversation, argument, or fight that went nowhere, or choosing to take the other highway only to find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic. We may wish to push the reset button, but there is no way to turn the clock back.

This may be another reason why the “reset” of a new year provides us with some hope—we can’t get time back, but perhaps we can use time more wisely starting NOW.

As 2017 came to a close, dozens of videos popped up across the internet with short takes expressing that 2017 was the “Year of ___.” After watching the first video of this genre, I realized, “I am never going to get those few minutes back.” And then the lesson came full force: What did I want 2018 to be? The year of ___?”

Naming is a way to take an intention and make it real. That is why we place such a value on choosing the name of a child. Or selecting the name of a company or organization or team. The second of the Five Books of Moses is named Exodus, as the central theme of the book is the story of the freeing of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery.

In Hebrew, the name of the book is Shemot, which translates as “Names.” It is given this title because of the initial listing of the personal names of the seventy people of Jacob’s family that left the land of Canaan to sojourn in Egypt. It was their descendants that became slaves to Pharaoh—and yet it is told that while they languished, they held onto their names—they were not simply the other, the downtrodden, the slave; they preserved their identities, they held onto their names.

What name do you want to adopt for this year? My intention is to expand the reach of our unique Kabbalah teachings, and so I name this year, “2018, my year of Legacy.” I predict that you will not regret the time spent personalizing your intention for this year. So, contemplate your “naming rights” and choose wisely: “2018, my year of ___.”

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