Character Improvement during the Sefiras haOmer [#2818]

Question:

What is the way to understand the avodah of character improvement during the weeks of Sefiras HaOmer, that a person needs to become aligned in his soul with the sefirah (spiritual emanation) of a specific day of the Omer? Doesn’t this cause a person to become “scattered” in his soul? If I work on improving a specific aspect of a character trait and the following day I try to improve a different aspect within the same character trait, won’t this also cause “scattering” to the soul, since it’s impossible for a person to develop his character by working on one area today and working on a different area the next day?

Answer:

The intention of one’s personal avodah [of character improvement] during Sefiras HaOmer is, for example, that if one wants to improve on the trait of ahavah (love), which is chessed (kindness), this will mean for him that all 49 days of Sefiras HaOmer should be viewed by him as improving upon the trait of chessed/ahavah.

So, for example, [when chessed/ahavah is one’s general goal], on the first day of Sefiras HaOmer, one works on the specific trait of chessed within chessed within chessed, and on the second day, one works to improve the gevurah within the chessed within the chessed, and so forth. [By Week 2, the week of gevurah, this person’s general goal is still chessed. One the first day of Week 2, the person works on the chessed within gevurah within chessed, and on the second day of Week 2, the person works to improve the gevurah within gevurah within chessed, and so forth.]

In that way, on any given day of Sefiras HaOmer, one can always stay on working within one specific character trait.