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Omer 30

 

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 thirty, which is four weeks and two days of the Omer. Hayom yom shloshim she hem arbaa shavuot ve shtei yammim laOmer

Today is Gevura be Hod, strength within gratitude, might within humility.

Today, I am grateful for smiles and forget-me-nots, for unexpected cake and presents, for success in meeting goals and communication. Today, I access the strength that is mine, when I simply feel grateful for the many small, insignificant aspects of my day that usually, I don’t even think about. As I appreciate the many little gifts of the day, I see the world as beautiful and my own place in it as a good one. I see each person in my life differently too. Because the people in our lives – well, you know what they’re like! Loud, demanding, selfish and uncaring or silent, unhelpful, self-centered and uncaring, all of them! There’s not a single one who just acts the way I want them to act all the time. But with a small-items gratitude list, they’re better people – I remember that that selfish and uncaring person may the one who did the dishes, invited me for a walk, gave me ride, or made me dinner. Of course, having nicer people in my life makes me stronger. So, I can use gratitude – to strengthen relationships and improve attitude, to give myself might but only when I acknowledge that our imperfections make us who we are.

Today, we are stronger both as individuals and in relationship when we are grateful for the little things around us.

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Omer 16

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 sixteen which is two weeks and two days of the Omer. Hayom yom shesh-es’re she hem shtey shavuot ve shtey yammim laOmer.

Today is Gevura be Tiferet, limits within beauty, strength within grace.

You know what’s really beautiful? Relationships. The connection between people is one of the strongest – the reason God made the world, in some ways. It makes everything better when people form a relationship between two people. Sometimes, though, for no fault of their own, the strong, beautiful relationship still ends. At first, there’s a lot of phantom ache – like checking the place where the tooth used to be with your tongue – around this person. Gradually, limits get set in place, distance created and new different relationships are formed. Meanwhile, however, this one has ended. Recognizing and accepting that is a good step towards building a new relationship.

Today, I will cherish the beautiful relationships I have and ask God for the strength to let go of the ones that are ending.