A teaching from Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Rosh Hashanah 5768:
"There is, on the other hand, a more spiritual response to the fragility of life. This insight, taught to me by Reb Marcia Prager, is based on a re-reading (and perhaps a more accurate reading) of that familiar verse from the Shofar service that we will chant in just a bit: HaYom Harat Olam. Traditionally it is translated... as "Today the world is born" or "Today is the birthday of the world." But "Olam" in Hebrew can mean "world" (as in Melech ha olam) or it can mean "eternal" (as in L'olam va'ed, forever and ever.) The actual phrase "harat olam" originally comes from Jeremiah 20:17 where Jeremiah bemoans his fate as a prophet and wishes that he had never been born; that his mother had been "harat olam", eternally pregnant. (Harah can mean birth or pregnant) So, now, our verse in the Shofar service reads: "HaYom Harat Olam, Today is eternally pregnant." Today, the now, each moment, is always pregnant, eternally filled with potential and possibility; even when we are confronted with great sadness and loss, as we all inevitably are at some time... Today is eternally pregnant and Rosh Hashanah's blast of the shofar stirs us, calls us to awareness, so that we might embrace our lives with open arms."