Whatever anyone else says or does, I must be true to myself, just as if gold or emerald or the color purple would say, “Whatever anyone may do or say, I must be an emerald and keep my color.” In the universe, respect the highest power, namely the creative force that directs and makes use of all things. In the same way you must respect the highest power in yourself, for it is of the same creative kind. For this is what makes use of the rest of you, and directs your life.
The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius
from Omer: A Counting by Rabbi Karyn Kedar
Baruch Ata Adonai Elo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam a-sher ke-d-sha-nu b- mitz-vo-tav, v-tzi-va-nu al s-fi-rat ha-omer.
Praised be you Adonai our God who rules the Universe instilling within us the holiness of mitzvot by commanding us to count the Omer. Today is the sixth day of the Omer.