Sometimes We Miss the Bullseye
Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, a day to ask for forgiveness and repent for one’s wrongdoings. A common misconception is that Yom Kippur is a day for atone for one’s sins. In Hebrew, there is no single word that translates to “sin.” Instead, the word “chet” is borrowed from archery, which translates to missing the mark – not getting a bullseye.
At Camp Chi, we provide a place where people learn to live together. But what happens when the mark is missed and a conflict arises? While it is not simple, we strive to teach our campers how to reflect, how to own their part, how to apologize and how to take action to change. For many of our campers, the moment of disagreement provides the perfect opportunity to grow and address something in the moment. Camp may have ended over a month or longer, but the lessons our campers learn stay with them.
This summer on Shabbat we focused our programming on reflection and intentionality. Our campers were given a chance to think back on the week, things they accomplished and things they may not have been fond of. Campers were encouraged to set goals for the week ahead and strive to hit the targets they set for themselves. Now, as we are in the midst of a time of the year full of reflection, we encourage the whole Camp Chi Family to take a moment and remind you that it is never too late – never too late to set goals, to apologize, or to change actions and behaviors.
As the full-time staff, we also take this time to reflect. We look back on the summer and all the memories and moments that came with it. We would love nothing more than to make every interaction a positive one, every transaction simple and every transition smooth. However, we are not perfect and sometimes we miss our targets too.
As we work on resetting our personal, professional and spiritual targets. We want to apologize for any time you felt we could have met the mark a little better. And, for anything we may have missed and more, we ask your forgiveness. Now’s the time to wipe the slate clean, setup a new target and take aim once again, with the same goal – to aim with the best of intentions and hit the bullseye in the coming year.
G’mar Hatima Tova
May You Be Inscribed for Good