Why reinvent the wheel when looking for a personal development plan? For almost 3500 years people have counted of the Omer to refine their characters. This year it began on Saturday night, April 4, 2015 but you can start any time.
It is a powerful tool for self-renewal. Each week has a character trait theme on which to work. The first week is dedicated to Chesed, loving-kindness. For the seven days of that week you work on attributes of this quality. The first day is pure loving kindness. The second day is loving-kindness balanced by Gevurah, justice and discipline. The third is loving-kindness enhanced by Tiferes, harmony and compassion. The fourth is Netzach, endurance in loving kindness. Day five is Hod, humility in loving-kindness. Day six is Yesod, bonding through loving-kindness. And the seventh day is loving-kindness in Malchus, sovereignty and leadership. Succeeding weeks follow this pattern.
Be intentional about practicing each trait each day of the count. To help you I have created a worksheet so you can see the characteristic on which you should work. Each day fill in the task you did so you can keep track of your progress.
Expecting your character to improve without purposely changing your behavior leads to frustration. Counting the Omer gives you the opportunity to elevate your spirit while having a positive impact on those around you.
Let me know how it works for you!
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