A lot of my writing lately has been focused on things that I find difficult, or that I have struggled with. I think it’s important to explore these topics, but when it’s gotten to the point where writing about how much I appreciate Shabbos feels subversive, I realize that I need to think about balance!
Part of why I share so much about my conflicts is that I find it is more relatable than writing about things that come “easy” to me. I don’t want to come across as “oh this challenging thing is just a breeze for me!” That can be off-putting and unempathetic.
So writing this piece about how Shabbos is not a challenge to me as a creative person, but, instead, is a source of bracha in this area of my life (as in all areas of my life), feels…weird.
But it also feels good to give credit to Shabbos, which is more than just a day of rest. It’s a day of connection, of strength, of holiness. As much as I will continue to explore some of the more challenging parts of frum life, I want to always keep in mind the tremendous benefits that are here as well.
It’s a balance, one I will keep seeking. I hope you enjoy my latest Hevria article. Thank you, as always, for reading.