Posts Tagged ‘honoring yourself’

Middah (character trait) focus: Take the steps to be yourself

Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom.  For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for me, it is a time to actively reflect on different middot (character traits) that will lead me to my own rebirth.

Today is the final day of the counting of the Omer, Day 49.  In the time between Passover and Shavuot (which begins tomorrow night), I have invited each of us to look at how we walk in the world.  Looking back I believe so many of my blogs said the same thing: Find ways to be yourself.  The only way to move from slavery to freedom is to both honor the person you are as you also strive to grow as a human being.

On a fundamental level, I believe that in order for most of us to be healthy, we need to be our best selves; for most of us that means we have work to do.

Take One Step


Taking the steps we need to take is ultimately about being yourself and honoring how you want to move in this world.  For  me, it is about making my voice heard and about impacting the world with my words.  How do you want to live your life? What do you want to do for yourself and the larger world around you?

Don’t forget to take your first step, and then your next step when you feel ready to do so.

Thank you for joining me in this journey from slavery to freedom; may we all find freedom with our next step!

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“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

– Joan Didion

Writing the Elul Reflections has given me tremendous joy.  As the writing for Elul I am wondering what words will emerge next.  Writing is how I work through issues, move through the world, and ultimately find joy.

I love being alone! The solitary time of a writer has been a gift for me.  I can be present with paper and pen, ideas and thoughts, and fingers and keyboard.  Each writing tool makes me a little more free to be the person I am.  I have even found a couple of places to be alone in a crowded room; that is always a wonder to me.  No one bothers a focused writer.  🙂

For me writing literally jazzes my soul; it makes my heart sing.  When I am down, the art of writing lifts me up;  w When I am happy and peaceful the art of writing brings me even higher.


the song of my heart;

the meaning of my mind;

the feeling of my soul;

Is what makes me One!


Honoring my essence as a writer is how I sustain myself.  I am profoundly touched by how whole I feel when I am weaving words together.  And over time, I have become touched by how my thoughts and ideas are touching others.  As a little girl I used to dream of being a writer and today I am one.  Perhaps in time, I will have the opportunity to share my thoughts on a broader scale; perhaps I won’t.  Regardless, as long as I am writing nurturing the person I am while also growing a stronger foundation for myself.

May each of us be blessed to find solace in what you love love to do.  May we make time to develop the skills it takes to move forward in doing whatever it is you love to do.

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