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"כְּאַיָּל תַּעֲרֹג"
A note to myself and others:
Ela Merom

What matters?

Looking people in the eye.

Notice. Maybe someone is sad.

Maybe you could do something. It is simple.

One kind word might be enough

What matters?

Saying what you mean,

Meaning what you say

Empty words make for empty souls (even on email)

What matters?

Asking every day

What matters?

Silence between words

Faces, not computer screens

What matters?

Deep sensation

Touching reality without gloves

Not hiding

Not going to sleep

What matters?



Are you happy?

What matters?

Who you are


What you are


No title

No resume

No degree (even from an "Ivy league" school)

Goes with you beyond this life

Nor does it matter just before it ends.


Were you able to love?

Did you breathe-in the world?

What came first?

Accomplishments or people

Being productive or being present

What matters?

What you won't regret

Not regretting

What will be engrained in you

Growing, changing, evolving (all the time)

Not closing your heart (even when it really wants to shut down)

Breaking barriers (inner and outer)

Being true to yourself (Listen, take deep breath, it might be really different than "fitting in", fulfilling someone else's dreams, being appropriate, being professional, being noticed, being "successful"- what does that mean anyway? Successful in what?)

What matters?

Leaving breathing room

Being honest, this is an over used word…

So LISTEN again 


What matters?

Breaking from habit

Staying curious

Not having all the answers

Not even trying to have all the answers

This is the spaciousness called  מרחב יה

What matters?

If you wont ask this (everyday, every hour, every second, every breath)

No one







כְּאַיָּל תַּעֲרֹג עַל אֲפִיקֵי מָיִם כֵּן נַפְשִׁי תַעֲרֹג אֵלֶיךָ אֱלֹהִים:

צָמְאָה נַפְשִׁי לֵאלֹהִים לְאֵל חָי מָתַי אָבוֹא וְאֵרָאֶה פְּנֵי אֱלֹהִים:


תהילים מב

"כְּאַיָּל תַּעֲרֹג": Text
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