It is the day of Chesed within Gevurah, love within discipline. On this day, I am thinking about how I apply principles of compassion and kindness in the ways I set limits and enforce standards. I think about how I make sure that I am kind to people when I offer guidance and judgment. I consider how I am a better parent when I let my children know that they are loved at the same time as I help them to become better people.
On this eighth day of the Counting of the Omer, I make a commitment to act with "tough love," but, even more, to make sure that the love I show in those tough moments is real, deep, and more focussed on the needs of others than on my desires. I also think about exercising compassionate discipline with myself – remembering my limitations and faults even while I try to hold myself to high standards.
May this be a day for you in which you allow your heart to soften when you are faced with hard choices.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer