Today is twelve days, which is one week and five days, of the Omer. Hod of Gevurah, Humility in Discipline / Judgment / Reverence.
Humility is another virtue I am learning as an adult. There are times when I feel swimming in it (like when a fellow student calls me rabbi and I ignore him because, hi, I’m just a first-year student). When my judging brain is in action, humility is the farthest thing from me.
In secular work environments, I doubt anyone has ever considered “humble” as a fitting description for me. And yet, like many people, there is a deeply rooted feeling of being unseen / not rising high enough that distances me from humility.
The Meaningful Life Center exercise for the day is: “Before judging anyone, insure that you are doing so selflessly with no personal bias.” I’m not sure it is possible to judge without any bias. So I’m going to keep meditating on this exercise while I prepare for my first day of classes following Passover break.