hazzan Diana Brewer was ordained through the aleph ordination program. she leads prayer services regularly at the jewish community of amherst, and is on the staff of the davvenen leadership training institute.

Day 24 תפרת שבנצח

Tiferet SheBeNetzach. Compassion, Balance, Beauty within Endurance, Eternity.

Every journey we embark upon involves others. Even the journeys that appear to be solitary in nature - a new spiritual practice we adopt, a new hobby we pick up just for fun. These, too, will inevitably involve another in some way. 

To approach our long-term endurance plans, projects, paths with Compassion means taking into account those others. I cannot shake the image of a long hike into the mountains. Perhaps we are alone, and we meet someone along the way. Do we stop to say hello? Do we offer to help if we find someone hurt or in distress on the path? Perhaps we are hiking with a group. Have we set a pace others can keep up with, even if we would rather go faster? Are we checking in as we go along?

Approaching Endurance with Balance makes me think immediately of Aesop. Slow and steady wins the race. If I want to complete a marathon, I'd probably better not not start off at a sprint. I will do well to pace myself, knowing the sort of pace I can realistically expect to maintain. I need to make sure I have enough of the provisions I will need along the way to sustain my body. I'd even better be careful not to be too chatty along the way. I will need all the oxygen I can get! 

Tiferet is what we get when we are balancing Chesed and Gevurah. If we have spent the last two days noticing how we tend to these within the context of our Netzach, we are well equipped to enjoy a day of Balance, Compassion, Beauty, and Harmony as we "trudge the road of happy destiny." (The Big Book of AA)

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Day 25 נצח שבנצח

Day 23 גבורה שבנצח