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  • Writer's pictureJordan Drayer

Be Nice As You Race

Tiferet of Netzach

Hi everyone, Jordan Drayer, the savvy millennial voice actress whose endurance hopefully doesn't compromise her compassion. Today is three weeks and three days of the Omer. If you want to know more about the Omer and how it works, check out the links in the description.

Compassion in endurance - what makes this different from love in endurance, like we did two days ago? I think of compassion as an act or choice, where love is more an emotion. Compassion is showing respect and treating people decently. It is the vehicle of love; by doing compassionate things like helping someone or giving the benefit of the doubt, you are also showing love.

This could be an enduring commitment to helping another grow as well as showing compassion even through your endurance. Like say you're working on something really long and important, a big presentation. Are you going to shut out your kids the whole week you work on it? Do you make time to listen to their complaints and somehow lovingly tell them you'll have more time for them after the week and presentation are over?

What about empathizing with competitors? Is your determination to win the race or job so much that you don't care about the other people in the race? Of course again, you don't have to become best friends with them, but I would say be gracious in your victory. If someone asks you how you're preparing for the audition, don't say, "I'm not gonna tell you!" Instead be more loving in your answer and say, "I'll tell you after it's over," or something. This is the idea that rising tides raise all ships; you don't want to win things too easily - that would be boring! Enduring commitment to help others grow, even if they're enemies or rivals.

The exercise for today is to listen patiently to someone who normally makes you impatient. For me, certain people calling my place of work, saying they simply can't do computers and thus would rather call, that annoys me. I know their answers are on the website, or the form they need to fill out to attend an event is not that hard to find and fill out. Yet I'm learning to be patient with them.

Somehow after 40 years of having computers in businesses, maybe 30 of having them available for homes, they still haven't learned how to use one - you have to empathize and think, well, they've just been so busy, they never had time to learn! And they must be low in self-esteem if they still think they can't learn at all.

So yes, listen patiently to someone who normally makes you impatient. And I'll patiently await your likes and shares. Thank you and see you tomorrow.

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