This is the day of Yesod within Netzach, connection within endurance. On this day, I think about how I include other people in my ambitions and how my determination to succeed is aided by the people who are my companions and collaborators in achieving our goals together.
I know that I have a streak of perfectionism in me, and I know that I sometimes believe that, in my pursuit of perfection, I am better off if I work toward my long-term goals on my own. I forget that, in every worthy thing that I do, I am in partnership with others. If my goals are not only for my own satisfaction, but are to serve others, then I must be willing to depend upon others to help me achieve them.
Some of the most important goals in my life are in my role as a parent to my children. On this Mothers Day, I am incredibly grateful to my wife, who is an amazing mother and the best person I could every imagine as a partner in our shared long-term goal of raising happy, confident, fulfilled and radiant children. Thank you, Jonquil.
On this 27th day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to building respectful, caring and mutual relationships with the many people who are my partners in building joyful Jewish communities. I remember that those relationships are the foundation of my work and of some of my highest aspirations.
May this be a day in which you find joy and the fulfillment of your highest goals in your partnerships with others.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer