Today I decide
to turn my eyes toward wonder,
so that I may see the expanse before me.
Today I decide to see the possibility of my life,
so that I may open my mind to greatness.
Today I will do one kindness,
so that my heart may become more loving.
Today I will pause to consider,
so that my life may become more deliberate.
Help me, dear God, to step
firmly upon a path of consequence,
so that I may make my life a prayer
of goodness and mercy, splendor and light.
I ask for a life of meaning,
a sense of purpose.
Today I decide.
Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Omer: A Counting
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 forty-third day – six weeks and one day of the Omer.