Someone asked me one time about my concept of Cutting Away The Crap. It was interesting to me that this was not common knowledge. But then, when I discussed it with my mom later, she reminded me that common sense or common knowledge is rarely ever common at all.
What reminded me of this was our daily draw. Doreen’s guidebook definition of today’s card is one that I agree with nearly a million percent. (The illustration, however . . . . . not at all. But that’s just me.) I’d like to get right to it because we’re having all kids (plus some bonus folks) here for a family dinner (and sort of meeting). Hanny and Adam should be showing up just as Empress gets off work and about the time J.D. arrives to order food. (Fingers crossed that, timing-wise, this all goes smoothly.)
“Stress management ~ Guardian Angel
Your angels are working with you to reduce the impact of stress. Pay close attention to your Divine guidance, such as thoughts or feelings about taking a rest, exercising, changing your routine, and avoiding conflict. You need to both reduce stress in your life and manage the way it is affecting you.
To lessen this burden, you will need to be assertive with people and say no to unwanted requests. Don’t do anything out of guilt or obligation, and only engage in activities that you can perform out of loving service. Avoid harsh environments, violent media, and negative relationships, and face any situations that are worrying you head-on. It’s better to make plans for dealing with problems, rather than deal with chronic worry by avoiding them.
Managing stress involves taking excellent care of yourself. This means exercising, getting outside in nature, and consuming only healthful foods and beverages. Your angels also guide you to surround yourself with uplifting music, flowers, and loving relationships (which can definitely include your pets).
Give any cares or needs to your guardian angels, and ask them to help you receive Divine wisdom in dealing with any stressful matters. Your angels will also help you see the love and light within each situation so that your thoughts are peaceful.”
This very basic concept is one we’ve talked about here, a lot, and it’s what I mean when I suggest cutting out extra shit in our lives that is just upsetting, or even worse, unhealthy (on any level). When we are living as our genuine and true selves, all of life’s challenges are still there, we just deal with them better. And when we’ve de-stressed, the way this message suggests, the less challenges we are actually confronted with at all. We simply live to learn, and we do it in as loving a way as possible.
Here’s one of my minor issues from this afternoon’s bike ride. A challenge that came out of seemingly nowhere. But I dealt with it.
Next to my wee cellular device you may be able to see that this is a toe basket dealie which should be attached to my bike pedal. Clearly, it is not. We two-wheeled it to the store (for items we totally forgot yesterday) and as we were about to head home I noticed that this was hanging by just one screw, the one you can kinda make out above. Where the other one went we have no clue.
I was very calm though. No stress. I just told Dan that we needed to pull over. So we did. I got off, swung down my kick-stand, and proceeded to take the entire thing off. Then I stuck it in our bag, and we were off again. No problem. Except that it felt strange to have only ONE. My right foot was fine, my left felt barren and unprotected. How funny that I’ve become so used to having them on my pedals.
This view of Indiana Sunshine took me about 18 pictures to get. Have I mentioned lately how grateful I am for my El Cheapo digital camera?
Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Foreign License Plate Report:
(thanks to my Beloved for remembering) New Mexico, Kansas, New York, a blue and white one that reminded him of Vermont, only ya know, blue and white, and two others. With the exception of that first one, all the rest were within like a block and half of each other! It was like the fucking United Nations of Out Of State Plates.