Find a cozy chair, put your feet up, and get a snack, because I’m about to let loose with a huge freaking verbal tantrum. Today’s card pissed me off. Then my bike broke (not tragically, more on that later). I can’t just let this go, it’s been boiling over since I first read the definition. Which is shitty. Also, the entire thing just makes me feel bad, because it’s from a deck we all love.
I want to begin by saying that this is probably totally valid for some people. It just irritates me the way it’s presented. So. There’s that.
“Simplify Your Life ~
Eliminate clutter from your home and work life to balance the flow of activities.
Your energy has become fragmented, and it is time for an adjustment. By drawing this card, you are asked to take drastic measures to simplify your life. This means clearing your home of unnecessary items, canceling subscriptions to extraneous publications, saying no to demands on your time, getting organized, and being more efficient with respect to your schedule.
You may feel that such a project is overwhelming. However, if you take one day a week to whittle down the clutter, you will feel an enormous lifting of weight from you soul. This results in an energy and esteem boost that will enable you to complete the tasks at hand. Your soul and body will thank you for your simpler life.”
I am insulted and furious. It needs to be reworded and reworked before I can even consider looking at it again. The whole “eliminate clutter” bullshit makes me instantly angry. It’s just so fucking inappropriate of her to say that!
Would it be okay for me to go around insisting that EVERYONE take up crochet? Simply because SOME folks find it relaxing and interesting and beneficial does NOT mean that ALL people do. Maybe we can’t physically master the hook movement, or maybe the mental challenge of the instructions are beyond us, or perhaps we just can’t tolerate the feel of those fibers on our skin.
Proclaiming that “de-cluttering” is the answer to a balanced life sends me into a fuming and inflamed rage. Sure I’d love to let go of dust and grime and smudgy windows, but the compounded stress it would cause to me and the entire family if I tried to CLEAN all the damn time is FAR worse than being satisfied with having a less-than pristine showroom life.
Just USING the word “clutter” is asinine. Say that we could all use a bit of tidying up, or suggest some nice feng shui ideas, or any other, more creative and less clichéd (and ignorant!) response would be better than this. Here’s my new version, then I’ll let this go and move on.
Create Balance and Sanctuary
Seek a loving balance in your life, to help with inviting positive energy flow into all activities.
It’s possible that you may be feeling less than serene right now, and the Universe has some gentle ways of helping with that. See what can be set aside for now, look around at what might no longer be necessary at this time. Perhaps a cleaning or re-arranging of personal and work space is called for. Possibly your sleeping area could use a going-over to freshen it up. A new organizational technique or efficiency plan might be called for.
You don’t need to feel overwhelmed or put-upon, we can all use some energizing from time to time. Set aside a few moments every few days to examine where you can best use some clearing or straightening. One day a week practice your new tidiness for another few moments. Small steps will accomplish much and be easily manageable.
Doing what feels right for you in improving your life will help you achieve a lovely satisfied attitude so that you can accomplish more each time you move forward on these new projects. Go at your own pace and don’t let anyone tell you how to progress. When you’ve started seeing the results of your work be sure to congratulate yourself on all that you’ve created and how well you’ve brought a more positive and loving atmosphere into your life. Balance is challenging, but it is also enriching to our bodies and souls.
I’m over this, let’s talk food, and then bike repairs. I took that (below) picture last night about 11:30 or so. Ya know, dinner time.
In that (serving) bowl there are the following ingredients:
lettuces (not the ones from our deck though), cilantro (we had some leftover from the chili recipe so I just tossed it in, hey, it’s green), home-made croutons, apples, carrots, raisins, kalamata olives, broccoli, radishes, cucumber, cauliflower, flax, brewer’s yeast, pea pods, garbanzo beans, sundried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (I’m currently out of almonds), chia seeds, TVP, and celery. With Dan’s dressing. Not as much as it looks like though, just a small few dabs.
(I now eat these types of meal salads with a big spoon. It just makes more sense.)
When we first started “doing” all these salads I began co-mingling my seeds in a jar. Now I add to this mix as we run low. Just a quick sprinkle of the nuts & seed blend, so it sounds like there’s a lot in there, but really, there isn’t. When Han was down she showed me where to get TVP in bulk and now I use it like bacon bits, a very crunchy and delightful addition.
Also, I can’t eat any greenery without a bread product, so the croutons are a perfect solution. This last batch, made for me by my Beloved, are killer good. Did you see our niece’s recipe for them? Go here, she’s adorable. (Her blog is a permanent link under Important Family.)
Tomorrow I’ll talk more about what I’m eating and what I’m not eating, and why. And go find the dressing recipe for you too.
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
one of the gear cables has either snapped (as in severed and broken) or it has slipped out of place (which is what I’m hoping for, then it can be fixed at home, with no cost and no loss of riding time).
No, I was not injured, there was simply a *click* noise as I approached an intersection (Fox Hollow Road, for you local nosy types) that turns into a hill where I go up for the next leg of my journey. Yes, I DO know how to shift now, which is why it was so distressing. I’ve re-incorporated several hilly places into the Route, but with no functioning gear cable, this hindered the last part of my ride. And the getting to MY HOUSE portion. To which I just said, “the hell with it” and we (me and the bike) walked up our street to home.