Omer – Day 31
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheynu Melekh ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’zivanu al s’firat haOmer.
Blessed be the Eternal God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy through Mitzvot and has commanded us to count the Omer.
Hayom yom shloshim ve ehad laOmer shehem arba’a shavuot ve shlosha yammim laOmer.
Today is day thirty one of the Omer, which is four weeks and three days of the Omer.
tiferet be hod – beauty within gratitude; grace within humility.
Words are my high on my list of amazing things, because not only do I like counting, but I like writing too. And words are really wonderful and beautiful. You can say so many things! Words can connect people, can describe a far-away place, can convey information, can share humour, can bring about joy. Words are fun, exciting, dramatic, creative – they’re what makes life more than just a game of survivor which everyone loses.
And thank you’s can be very beautiful. There’s something inherently lovely about “I really appreciate that, you’ve made my life easier.” Or “I’m glad you were here, I couldn’t have done this without you!” There are prayers and psalm written just to offer praise. I think it’s incredible, what one can do with words. However, as with any other materials for making beauty, one can use them badly, spill the paint, throw the clay, hit all the piano keys at once to make noise, and use your words to hurt and offend, to trick and destroy, to make ugliness.
It seems like such a waste. Wouldn’t it be better to make music? Today, I’ll use words to add beauty to the world. I’ll remember that gratitude is beautiful.