This is the day of Netzach within Netzach, endurance within endurance. On this day, I think about having a vision statement for myself and staying true to it. I think about how my endurance – my ability to stay focussed on my goals and stick with them for the long term – depends upon having a clear vision of where I want to go.
You are probably familiar with the way that many companies and non-profit organizations adopt a brief statement that encapsulates the central goal and purpose of their existence. Here are a few I like:
• Habitat for Humanity: "A world where everyone has a decent place to live"
• The Humane Society: "Celebrating animals, confronting cruelty"
• Disney: "To make people happy"
• TED: "Spreading Ideas"
People can have vision statements, too. A simple vision statement is a guide to help me clarify what I aim for in life. It is a touchstone to help me when I feel lost or without direction. Here is my vision statement: "A life of joy and meaning with family, community and Torah."
On this 25th day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to keeping my long-term vision in sight. I dedicate myself to living with a purpose that I can stick to for the long haul.
May this be a day in which you are inspired by a vision of your life's direction and meaning, and may you be blessed with the spirit to stay true to your path.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer