We have arrived at the week prior to Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah, or Head of Year, is the birthday of Adam, and therefore it is the birthday of all humanity. As during our own individual birthdays, we take the time to reflect on the state of our lives. Where have we been and where are we going? What are our dreams for the coming year? Life can just pass us by if we let it and we can find ourselves in a place of default. Like a leaf just blowing in the wind, we may realize that we never took an active role in choosing the course of our life. Perhaps our family decided our careers, or a parent told us who to love. Maybe we let society tell us what to do with our lives. It is important to connect to our inner voice now, to discover the truth of what we authentically want. What is our heart’s desire? This week, the week prior to the birthday of humanity, we stand before the coming year and see the multiple paths that lie ahead. The Universe is asking that we choose our direction and spiritual path. It asks that we take an active role in deciding our destinies for ourselves. While it is true that we are always given the free will to follow any path we wish, this week the Creator is whispering in our ears and our hearts. He is encouraging us that this be the year we choose to commit to the path of love. For when we do so, we are choosing life itself.