Right, so yesterday I said I wasn’t going to be all goal-ish and talk about the new year. Well, I’ll only do it briefly, and definitely NOT like anyone else. To start with, we’re going to get back on the Exceptional Life bandwagon that we (sorta kinda) started in November. This run-down is in the first chapter and I knew it was the part we all needed to see today. Not only do I agree with these guidelines, but I’ve suggested many of them my own self elf. More than once.
Simplicity ~ focusing on small, simple, and manageable steps instead of making things complicated.
Optimism ~ putting attention and energy towards solutions rather than focusing on problems.
Patience ~ experiencing the journey fully and consciously rather than rushing to achieve a particular result.
Trust ~ learning to trust Life by seeing the perfection and opportunity for growth in all of our experiences.
Growth ~ viewing life as a classroom where we use our experiences as catalysts for change and self-realization.
Service ~ focusing more on how we can best encourage and assist those in need, as opposed to getting lost in our own personal vision and quest for success.
Action ~ making a commitment to show up and walk through the doors that Life opens for us on our journey.
Faith ~ being willing to take chances and keep moving forward without knowing the outcome.
Cheryl calls them the “recurring themes” in Louise’s spiritual journey. I would love to have them be exactly that for us too.
We’re just getting (re)started with it, so, as I work my way through this tiny volume I’ll keep you posted. Today’s outdoor activity was another (mostly uneventful) bike ride. I’m not taking intentional days off anymore. If it happens that I can’t get to my “scheduled” movement, for whatever life reason, that’s fine. But I’m going to just keep to the loose plan of MWF as walking and TTS as riding, with Sunday’s just going as they go.
In Personal Health News, it’s not great, but it’s not worse either. During the past week and a half the majority of the edema has lessened, but I’ve not lost any weight and I don’t feel any different otherwise. I’ve ordered another volume (gift card!) written by the EasyWay guy, Allen Carr. Judy suggested I look in to it and I’m waiting for that to show up. I have complete faith that if this man can get so many people to quit smoking (freaking effortlessly!) there’s no reason why he can’t apply the same principles to healthy eating as well.
For our daily draw today I’m going to do something I hardly ever do. I’m going to NOT give you the full definition, I just can’t. I looked at the guidebook right before I sat down here, and there are simply too damn many words and phrases that I don’t believe are accurate, or even helpful. Instead I’ll be using MOST of her words, but changing the ones that need to removed or altered.
“Marriage ~ St Catherine of Alexandria”
This is a message about a present or future relationship. We have a spiritual destiny with an individual. There is a higher purpose for us to be together, and we are supposed to help one another grow and prosper. We recognize this person by having a feeling that we’ve known each other forever. Synchronistic events bring us together, and there is a sense of destiny and fate in that relationship.
The card means that a significant other is currently in our lives, or will be soon appearing. If we want to manifest it into a lifetime commitment, ask St Catherine to help attract and discern an appropriate partner. She can also help us with self-honesty, which will allow us to determine whether a relationship is truly healthy and if we are compatible with this person.
(I just went back to see if we’ve pulled this card before, couldn’t figure it out. I have no concept of time, as you well know, I also, as many of you know, don’t retain any of the readings I do, so since these daily draws are like mini-readings, not much of this sticks once we’ve gone on to the next one. We’ve discussed St Catherine before [Delia and I have, anyway] but I just don’t know if we’ve talked about this EXACT message or not, or even if there are more than one St Catherines.)
We’ll leave that one as it is, I don’t have much more to add. Other than, my own idea about relationships is that they need to be open and fair. If one person is not happy or seems to be doing all the giving, then it needs to be fixed or ended. Our lives here are about learning and growing, we cannot flourish or advance if we are spending all of our valuable time doing someone else’s work, in addition to our own.
Last night as I was making my rounds in the blog-o-sphere I stopped in at Matt’s place (as I usually do). This post has some wonderfully positive ideas, and in the comments section one of his regular readers (wave wave, hi CaptLex) shared a really cool suggestion:
“…I’m not going to spend any five dollar bills. Yup, I’m going to pretend they’re unspendable and just hold on to all the fives that come my way, and maybe by the end of the year I will have saved some money…”
Fun huh? I’m totally going to try it, and encourage Daniel as well. It could end being super profitable, or end with not much more than ten bucks in our pockets this time next year.
Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue