Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonay our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is day twelve which is one week and five days of the Omer. Hayom yom shtem-es’re she hem shavua ehad ve hamisha yamim laOmer.
Today is Hod be Gevura, gratitude within strength, humility within might.
This is the moment when I realize how ridiculous my pride in my basic traits is. I am not intelligent because I did something. It is a gift I was born with. I can be proud of what I do with my intelligence – but having it? The best I can do is enjoy it and feel grateful. Sometimes, I get caught up in all the ways that the universe has been unfair to me. I have this issue and that and I have that problem and this and all these things make so much more difficult for me. I just need to remember that it’s that same universe that gave me all those positives too – I have a lot of strength, I have many capabilities, there is so much that others cannot do with ease that I can – look, I write this stuff as a hobby! Today, I remember my abilities and feel grateful for the gifts I’ve been given.
Today, we stop looking at our shortcomings, and focus on our strengths – with gratitude!