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The Most Important Thing Is Not To Fear


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

This is my last post of the week, and we are off to celebrate Passover and Easter with our respective families in LA (and do other really really cool stuff that I can tell you more about later).

But before I go, I wanted to wish all of my Jewish readers a happy Passover. Passover is the celebration of the liberation of the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, and the time of year when we take time to personally reflect on ways that we feel in bondage in our own lives, and ways that we want to find and celebrate personal freedom. Thinking about all this has hit me really hard this year, as I face a myriad of Big Life Transitions in the next few months. How do I want to free myself from parts of my life that feel like bondage? How do I want to feel like my deepest, truest self heading into this new chapter of my life?

In a way, this meditation is the essence of what this site is about, because it’s only nominally about weddings, really. I write APW because this community inspires me to live in a deeper, truer, and braver way – to live more deeply and richly. Weddings are a small microcosm of the way we live our lives: How do we express our values? How do we express our personal style? How to we balance embracing traditions that have value to us and rejecting cultural expectations that limit our growth? That is what this site is to me. Weddings are just the tip of the iceberg.

So for you, my dear Team Practical, I leave you with a Hebrew prayer that spoke to me this week as I thought about breaking free of bondage, and living more truthfully:

All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to fear at all.
Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tzar me’od, v’ha’ikar lo lefahed klal.

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Chag Pesach Sameach, dear readers! Think of freedom, taste it. I’ll see you next week.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10648725099262152263 AmyJean {Relentless Bride}

    I love that quote!
    RelentlessBride

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05750659066802561501 Erika

    Thank you. I needed this today. Happy Passover!

  • http://accordionsandlace.wordpress.com/ accordionsandlace

    I hope that you had a great, tasty, reflective seder. I agree that with everything going on it has felt more apt than usual this year.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371172824707301749 Cate Subrosa

    Happy Passover, my dear. Hope you have a lovely time with your family.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18209861350905135093 LPC

    Happy Passover. My daughter this year will be at her Jewish boyfriend’s family for Passover. I haven’t been to one in many many years but I remember Seder as wonderful. And thank you for that quote. From where I sit it is maybe even truer than when you are young.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17780331196723830632 christina

    happy passover. thanks for that quote. one of my mantras is ‘faith not fear’…kind of keeps me from spinning.

    and i can’t wait to hear about all your upcoming adventures. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    “HYearing” about them Christina? Um.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12977525202055990615 MaryKate

    What a lovely quote. Happy Passover, Meg!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04454278674225963467 AnnC

    Happy Passover ! (says my 1/4 jewish blood)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10044595180736126664 Melissa

    I love that quote. Hope you have a nice weekend with your family :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17780331196723830632 christina

    hee hee

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06685404383702132823 Valerie

    Chag Sameach and a Zissen Pesach! Have a lovely holiday.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15899239356088557995 Amanda

    Yes, please about freeing and living more truthfully. Yes please about deepest truest selves. Happy Passover!

  • Hannah

    I was so happy to hear that this morning. Enjoy passover.