Today is twenty-seven days, which is three weeks and six days of the Omer. יסוד שבנצח, Yesod ShebeNetzach, Foundation of Endurance.
The world is not burning and you are important
There are plenty of shadows in the world. Plenty of real things to fear and to fight. Nevertheless, endurance requires allowing ourselves to take time to reflect on our personal journeys, which are as important as our communal life.
Ideals: where are they when things don’t go your way?
Is the foundation of your speech rooted in love? When you become enraged, are you able to contain the anger or does it seep into all of your interactions?
I have a very low tolerance for lies. I try to understand that people tell them to avoid confrontations and to protect themselves. One of the things that I am trying to understand more deeply is conflict avoidance. I was forged in fire. I am deeply attracted to cool, calm people; yet, I fear I will never fully understand the source of their power.
No one’s perfect; Lean into your gifts
In any event, the key is recognizing your essence and working with it. The Foundation of my Endurance is my passion. I have no poker face — it lights up when I’m engaged in a topic and it drifts away when I’m bored.
I cannot believe how blessed I am that my beshert believes in my passion enough to make it possible for me sink into wisdom. Still, it’s hard to stay focused on academics 24/7, especially when fighting off illness. So I am equally grateful for TV (even when it makes no sense) and makeup.
Previously on this day in the Omer
27 days of the Omer 5778 / 2018: Align your speech and actions with your higher self.
27 days of the Omer 5777 / 2017: Cleave to the eternal truth within.