Love. Extension. Latitude. Kindness. Generosity. Within Strength. Power. Discipline. Structure.
A new week! I find myself somewhat amazed, even a little incredulous that I am already writing about the week of Gevurah. Weeks are just like that sometimes.
Those who know me know that I keep quite a bit of Gevurah - Structure and Discipline - in my life. I can get a little intense about it, which is why a day like today can be a very good thing for me. Case in point: I prefer to write these in the evening right after blessing and counting the day. As I engage with the text of the practice, sensations and thoughts enter me and begin to inform what will come though my fingers as I tap at the keys. I sit down and start tapping, in a bit of a reverie, until I am done. Sometimes I’m not done tweaking, but it’s time to go to bed so I let it steep in my dreams until morning.
The first year I did this, I spent the day reading, contemplating, drafting, tweaking for the day to come (where did I get the time???). The next year - last year - I quickly found that I didn’t like to do it that way, and no longer needed to, besides. I was never really in the day that we were in doing it that way. You can see the dissonance. So, this year I have my preferred way, which can very easily become a rule for someone like me.
The last couple of days, it’s been important for me to have some Latitude around my approach between Shabbat and a chance to have dinner and a movie with my daughter last night. It meant that I had to write the Day 7 post early in the day on Friday to get it out before Shabbat. It meant that I had to do the bulk of the writing for today’s this morning because I was out late last night. Tonight, I will be out at a Yom HaShoa event at my shul, so we’ll see what happens with the writing for tonight. I’m willing to Extend myself, allowing for the Kindness of a reasonable bedtime, not getting stuck inside of a rigid Gevurodik rut for fear that the whole thing will fall apart if I deviate from my preferred way.
While there are some daily disciplines that I simply cannot afford to be lenient with, it’s very important for me to recognize which Structures are made of material that has a little give in the knit.
Today, my invitation to you is to Love your Discipline, and to be Generous with your practice within its Structure when the need may arise.