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Counting Omer 5780, Day 47

Hod ShebeMalkhut

Exquisite Beauty, Splendor, Glory, Vigor, Magnificence, and Pomp within Foundation, Establishment, Essential; the Cosmological and Mystical Foundation upon which the Divine One created the universe.

Quality: Living and Leading with Appreciation

Take no one and no thing (intentional separation) for granted. Voice appreciation. It takes no extra time to say “thank you” to every one for every thing that is done to aid you on your way. If you know them, let them know they are appreciated every day. If they are an essential worker at your coffee or lunch or after workspace, notice them. Say hello by name and thank them. When appropriate, tip them well.

If you are on the phone or at an establishment note the name of the person serving you. Treat them like a valued contribution to your life because they are. Thank them by name as they help you check out, check in, determine the status of an order, help you return a package, or they deliver packages to upi; hand you groceries, coffee or snacks, or copies; or solve or guide you to solving one or more problems…

Take NO ONE for granted. Taking someone for granted depletes the giver and kills joy, incentive, and/or love. It also diminishes you.

Do you notice what your beloved does for you on a regular basis? Do you still say thank you with deep appreciation every time? Meaning, as if your life depends on it? Because it does!

What are you noticing about what it takes to run your household? What are you negotiating with your partner so that you can both be successful?

If you are in a double unemployed household, how are you being present to each other and your own fears or anxieties? What are you doing to take care of each of you and the two of you?

How are you handling your dissatisfaction these days? How are you handling your satisfaction these days? Are you sharing the burdens or demanding to be the center? Are you celebrating small victories and gratitude and blessing?

How are handling your vulnerabilities? Are you hiding your stress, depression, anxieties behind a little more drinking, eating, exercising, sleeping…

Kindnesses, such as thank yous, picking up or ordering favorite items, giving unsolicited compliments, notes of affection left where they will be found, and so much more are what fuel relationships. Additionally, giving makes us more available to the people for whom we care and ourselves – unless we are giving because we believe it’s our only values. Spoiler alert: it’s not your only value. Hint: It's not!!

All of this is about being willing to be our true selves and continue to grow as we gain more life experience and knowledge. Living and leading with appreciation will transform your transactions with people near and far and it will transform you. So, what will it take for you to be the thoughtful caring being you seek to be?! That you are called to be?

Tonight, we camp in the plateau at the base of the mountain. How are you readying yourself for revelation?



© Sabrina Sojourner 2020

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