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 eighteen which is two weeks and four days of the Omer. Hayom yom shmona-es’re she hem shtey shavuot ve arba’a yammim laOmer.
Today is Netzakh be Tiferet, power within beauty, conquest within grace.
I guess the only power beauty needs is to exist. Something beautiful can stop my worry, can freeze me in place looking at it, can bring joy. It doesn’t have to do anything complex to achieve that – it doesn’t have to go out of its way, or prepare a document or complete an assignment or do a house chore – it just has to be. I forget sometime, the power of being. I worry always about the next thing to do, to finish, to accomplish, to prepare, to complete. I am more powerful, however, when I give myself time to just be beautiful – to just be.
Today, we allow ourselves to just be for a few moments. It is beautiful and powerful.