Sinking into Foundation of Eternity: 27 days of Omer 5780 Yesod of Netzach

Today is twenty-seven days, which is three weeks and six days of the Omer in the year 5780. יסוד שבנצח, Yesod ShebeNetzach, Foundation of Eternity.

Today felt like an eternity

First, the anxiety of speaking in front of an entire class led to the destruction of a diorama (and clay and legos strewn across the house). Then, in the afternoon, they climbed up to the top of the closet, took down brand new Play-Doh, combined it to create mud color, and then mixed it with mounds of water. On the hardwood floor. 

Tuesdays were always the hardest day of the week for me. On Sunday, I teach religious school at 9:15 a.m. Then I go to school 1:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Monday, I am in class 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Before the pandemic, I never understood why Tuesday was the least productive day of my week. Well, I suppose mostly because I had a hospital chaplaincy internship to go to and keep me motivated, so Wednesday became my day to collapse. 

The long goodbye

I miss that hospital internship. Thinking a lot about hospital chaplains, patients, and patient families. Praying they are holding each other together through this incredibly difficult time. Especially since the need for community hospitals does not stop for a pandemic, but maybe people aren’t getting the treatment they need because they fear the virus. 

Two more weeks of classes in my spring semester, plus a two-day “residency” (via Zoom). So I’ll formally finish at the end of Memorial Day. My son’s school year ends at the end of that week. No word yet on how classes will resume in August. This uncertainty is unnerving. 

Getting beyond the grind

I could read psalms or pray. 

Perhaps, I should watch movies I’ve never seen or movies from my childhood or series that are new to me. 

Instead, I endlessly scroll Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And yet, I know I need to find firm footing. Eternity rumbles with dull continuity or provides deep pools of clarity depending on one’s perspective.

Resolving to Bullet Journal

In the past, plain bullet journaling (not artistic masterpieces, but the original BuJo), helped me gain clarity, stick to mindful eating, and remember to be kind. This is the foundation of my path through eternity that I resolve to reconnect with on the 27th day of the Omer in the year 5780.

Foundation of Endurance before COVID-19

5779 / 2019: Acknowledging that passion is the foundation of my endurance.

5778 / 2018: Align your speech and actions with your higher self.

5777 / 2017: Cleave to the eternal truth within.

Book to Design the Future

In all honesty, there are fundamental truths in this book whether or not you stick with BuJo. The other great thing is that you don’t need to buy a planner and you don’t have to waste any pages — just pick it up when you can for as long as you can.

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