This is the day of Gevurah within Malchut, discipline within nobility. On this day, I think about the obligation for self-restraint that goes along with authority. Whenever life gives us power over other people – whether in commerce, in the workplace, or over our children – we have a duty to consider how we use that power and to set boundaries to prevent its abuse.
I think about times when I have lost my temper in dealing with a person whose job it is to serve me. I think about the times when I have said something that deflated the self-esteem of a coworker. I think about the times when I have been overly harsh with one of my children. I recognize that self-discipline is not just a matter of keeping myself from harm, it is a covenant with the people in my life, especially the people who count on me to live up to standards of kindness and respect. To fail in keeping those standards is to lose a bit of ones inherent nobility.
On this 44th Day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit myself to guarding myself against treating others with anything less than the common decency I expect for myself. May this be a day for you in which you set an intention to recognize the power you have over others and to regard that power as a sacred trust.
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The First Day of the Counting of the Omer