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 twenty-six which is three weeks and five days of the Omer. Hayom yom esrim ve shesh she hem shlosha shavuot ve hamisha yammim laOmer.
Today is Hod be Netzakh, gratitude within power, thankfulness within capability.
Today, I remember where my powers come from. I am not smart because of any special thing I did, and I am not beautiful and I am not even all that kind because of what I did. I am smart and beautiful and sometimes kind because those are the gifts that God gave me. I try hard to make the best use of these gifts – to use my intelligence well and support it by learning new things, to look my best and take care of myself, to help others as much as I can and to study Torah, which helps me be nicer yet. Sometimes, I think “woo-hoo! I’m fantastic! Look what I have achieved! I have power! I am magic and …” And then I remember (usually, when God has me fall flat on my face as a reminder) that actually, all my gifts are God-given and I don’t control the universe.
Today, I express gratitude for all the gifts that God has given me and try to use my powers for good.