This is the day of Hod within Gevurah, humility within discipline. On this day, I am thinking about how I use my strength with humility and awareness of the needs of others. I think about how, even when I am convinced that I am right and ready to apply my energies as I intend, I must appreciate other points of view and the possibility (gulp) that I am wrong.
On this 12th day of the Counting of the Omer, I make a commitment to temper my self-discipline with the joy of knowing that I never really act alone. I remember that I am always a part of something larger – a family, a community, humanity, and God's creation. Whatever power I exercise or authority I am granted, I can only use it for good when I use it for the sake of the larger world around me.
May this be a day in which you discover your greatest power in awareness that you are part of God's creation.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer