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I love routine, and yet I hate routine. Structure is great, until it becomes so predictable that it doesn't allow for growth. It causes people to live in a box.

In order to grow, you must stretch the "muscles" of mind, emotions, physical... It hurts. One must plow through the pain in order to be stronger.

Here is a Shabbat prayer that gives an idea of how to take a step above routine:

TEACH ME, O God, a blessing, a prayer

on the mystery of a withered leaf,

on ripened fruit so fair,

on the freedom to see, to sense,

to breathe, to know, to hope, to despair.

Teach my lips a blessing, a hymn of praise,

as each morning and night

You renew Your days,

lest my day today be as the one before;

lest routine set my ways.

Mishkan T'Filah

A Reform Siddur

pg 393

"Teach my lips a blessing"

Lord, may this be my motto every day. To look for for something GOOD and full of LOVE and TRUTH everyday. When I stretch my mind to focus on the good instead of the bad, I grow.

Give my eyes to SEE what YOU want me to do. Give me ears to HEAR what YOU want me to hear. Focusing on what YOU want, God, will bring LOVE to those around me.

Don't let the mundane and routine get in the way. God always thinks outside the box. Take time to stretch your mind and be a blessing to those around you.

Love and blessings,



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