Wednesday, September 11/ י”א אלול
Reflect and make an accounting on if I use my days to serve Hashem or my yetzer.
Additional insights from HoRav Malinowitz:
This cheshbon is the classic meaning of the phrase cheshbon hanefesh — an accounting!
How did I spend my day, my time in this world? Did I use or misuse the gifts Hashem has given me? Did I pursue with them spirituality — or narishkeiten? What have I done with these gifts?
Make this accounting — every day? Can’t—OK, every week? No — OK, every month? Make the accounting BEFORE the tax man cometh!
This cheshbon hanefesh, number 11, contains the Chovos Halevovos’ classic words:
“A person’s life is a blank Megillah. When you live, when you act, you are writing in that Megillah your biography — now, how would you like your biography to read?”