There was walking today.  Lots and lots of walking.  We had several errands and this trudge on our list of things to do.  The first stop was moderately successful.  (Do you have ANY idea how freaking difficult it is to find sheets that fit a double-sized, old-fashioned water bed?!  He’ll be a-googlin’ like a mad man tonight, I can assure you.)   Then I bashed by head.   I know.  I know, I KNOW!  

             The walk was actually pretty great, and I’ll show you how it went in a sec, but let me explain this part first.  So, I bashed my head.  Then we marched for just about 7 miles, then we still had to pick up a few things for dinner and for the week.  By the time we’d wandered the grocery aisles I had a serious headache.  Now, we’re home and I’ve taken my Trifecta of Pain Relief.  Waiting for it to work.  This is about all I can manage, so here ya go.

              The very first thing we saw, barely out of the parking lot, was this tiny piece of jewelery.  We didn’t touch it, just took its picture and kept going.   Our determination of the symbolic meaning?  Beauty.  Our day would be exquisitely pretty.  And it was.

            This path is a winding road, around marshes, the big river, ponds, and several slough-type areas.  Less than a mile in we spotted that heron you can (hopefully) see above, then another one, and then a third.  Every time I see big birds like this it’s in 3s – for my kids.

Not a doll's head.

             As we neared our halfway point (and the bridge crossing) there was this bench.  Along the route there are several, many in better condition than this one.  But we were leaving behind the more park-like setting and arriving in the more hobo-esque section.  I was slightly bothered by the trash I was seeing here, but in someone else’s head another bit of information was playing out.  That item on the seat is NOT a noggin of any sort, plastic nor human.  Even though SOME people might think that’s what it looked like from afar.

            Pedestrians, cyclists, and runners are being detoured and informed near this info center.  It’s a huge local project, and it apparently needs huge signs and info centers.

              Like this one too.  I’ve wanted to stand in this exact location for months and months.  Today we did.  It was delightful.  (Except for the headache.)

                Our message could not have been more perfect for this outing. 

“The Ringmaster of Scrutiny  ~  9  ~  discernment, clear vision, details.

The Ringmaster of Scrutiny is all about the details.  Look closely and pay attention to the smallest elements of what is being presented to you on your path.  It is in these details, not the broad strokes, that you will find the breathtaking beauty and perfection in what you observe.

This Ally is on your side to point to the deeper meaning of what unfolds in your life, and he reminds you that every moment counts.  Staying present in this perfect moment, observing the minute things, leads you to manifest your highest good and greatest desires.  Grand gestures are for other times.  It’s the smallest acts that really count now.”

             Be in your own special moments right now, listen to this card.  Because let me tell you, this is an amazingly profound and enriching gift.   Welcome it into your life with open arms.

             Tomorrow I’ll show you our Foreign License Plate Report and tell you about finishing the Beck book.  But right now I have to turn everything off for a while and let my trio of analgesics do their job.

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realms Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

12 thoughts on “Seeing Small.

  1. Fortuitous card. I just created a yahoo group to house a bootcamp so I can continue to have a place to post my daily word count with others who are posting their daily word counts and a place to do writing sprints with them. I don’t know why this helps me write everyday – but it does.
    Talk about details, though. It took me an hour to whittle the group description to fit the allotted # of words.
    I sure hope your headache is better!
    In another moment of synchronicity, I saw a Great Blue Heron today, too. I see them a lot because they like the cove that is within 5 minutes driving distance of my house. Today, however, it was on the side of the road, half a car length at most from me, before it took off and winged out over the lake.
    Julie, I didn’t offend you with my Julie torture blogpost did I? I love you and wouldn’t hurt you for anything. If it offends you I will take it down lickety split.

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    Absolutely NOT even CLOSE to offended! I just don’t have any hours (or even minutes) right now to blog-hop. Tomorrow will be more leisurely (plus headache-free we hope) and I’ll be right there, with a snappy reply!
    No worries. 😛
    J

    12:17 a.m.
    4-25-12

  2. Yay for beautiful walks, and appreciating the details! Love the Great Blue Heron, one of my favorite birds!

    Big boo on head injuries and headaches! Sending healing thoughts your way.

    Nice (repeated) reminder to be mindful of the small things.

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    They are among my faves as well. Kinda flamingo-esque, only less flamboyant.
    J

    10:05 p.m.
    4-25-12

  3. Herons must be doing something; I saw one yesterday on my way home. I like the card, too. And hope your trifecta has worked.

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    It worked about 90%, so I was good with that.
    J

    10:08 p.m.
    4-25-12

  4. Two is concussed so we empathize with your head pain. I hope you feel better soon!

    Your walking area is quite lovely. It was peaceful just to look at the pictures.

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    Oh shit. I hope he’s on the mend!

    (Thanks and you are most welcome. I try really hard to get fun and informative links, as well as decent pictures. Also, we live in an extremely gorgeous part of the world. The only thing missing is an ocean.)
    J

    10:10 p.m.
    4-25-12

  5. Hope you are feeling better, Julie!

    this card is actually a bit of a relief– I’ve been feeling frustrated at not being able to see the big picture at the moment, so I’m letting that go and concentrating on the little things.


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    The relief took longer than I like it to, but then, I wasn’t able to get on that Trifecta as soon as I would have liked either, so, not bad for the way it happened to work out.

    Oh good, I’m always really pleased when these help.
    J

    10:13 p.m.
    4-25-12

  6. Ravens are the birds that keep showing up for me. I’ve seen one almost every day for the last week or two. One day the bird was trailing a large string or fabric or something. It was awesome.

    I like this card today and will remember that the little things count.

    Sorry ’bout the head, hope it is better by now.

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    Ravens are hangin’ around sending us messages too! None trailing anything bright and lovely like yours though. Remember, these are Magickal ones, bringing us new awareness!
    J

    10:19 p.m.
    4-25-12

  7. Hope you don’t have a headache. Yikes!
    Love the card, and it is appropriate for me right now as I’m dealing with edits. I’ll focus on clarity. ; )

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    Thanks, better today. And wow, what a perfect message for your editing phase!
    J

    10:21 p.m.
    4-25-12

  8. For me, concentrating on the details is just about this mindful breathing meditation I’m working on. I’m at 8 minutes and it is sometimes excruciating. But pay attention to the breathing …. I want to change my brain and fix it this way. It’s the other stuff that keeps wandering in and getting in the way of the details of breathing that does me in and makes 8 minutes seem like 30.

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    Uhhh…. I can’t be the only one who sees that this “relaxing” exercise is causing you discomfort. 😕

    The POINT of Quiet Time or meditation or prayer or focused intent or mind darts is Peace and Tranquility, NOT agony.
    Just sayin’ -maybe coming at this from another angle would help?
    J

    10:24 p.m.
    4-25-12

    1. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we had an off switch for our brains?

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      Some folks think we do; when we reach that state of OFF is when we can actually experience One-ness with the Universe.
      J

      10:26 p.m.
      4-25-12

  9. Looove Blue Herons. Once upon a time, when we lived in a trailer court, there was a pond nearby where the Blue Herons would come every year. I loved seeing them wading slowly about.

    Funny you should put up the link with Steve Prefontaine. Wow. He was killed the year I started running on the guy’s Cross Country team at school. Such a tragedy. Earlier I was on ReFab and JulieB posted this link you should definitely have a look at:

    Keep Walking!!!

    Good card. Definitely need to appreciate the little things. (And I hope your headache goes quickly away.)


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    The first Heron we saw was stalking some food item in the water, so that made it even more cool.

    It’s hard NOT to get something with Pre’s name or image on it around here. He’s our local hero. Also, now that the Olympic Track & Field Trials are back his name comes up even more, which hardly seemed possible. (They come and go, but now they’re back for good, or so the reports from on campus are implying.) I met him when I was in grade school, he came out to recess with us after we had a small assembly. Also, he was an adorably cute guy. 😉

    Wow, what an article! I love this news!!! Thank you for sharing it. And when you go back, please thank JulieB for me too. (THAT is what I do miss.)
    J

    10:43 p.m.
    4-25-12

  10. I was all about appreciating the little things today on my ramble. Hope the head has recovered! And I saw a heron as well! I’ve gotten quite close to one while kayaking and they have amazing long, incredibly sharp-looking beaks.

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    How cool is it that we are all Out & About, but in our own wee corners of the world, and there is Heron, watching over us?! This makes me ridiculously happy. 😛
    J

    10:46 p.m.
    4-25-12

  11. Wait, so if it’s not a severed doll head, what is it? I’m guessing coffee cup. AmIright? So sorry for your sore noggin. I hope it’s feeling worlds better.


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    You ARE right!
    It was a disposable (boo…. 😦 )
    coffee cup. I am SO thinking of taking a trash bag along with me soon, JUST for that reason. There ARE garbage cans (and yes, even recycle centers attached alongside) ALL over that damn park and walking route, but NOT in that exact location.

    Worlds better, thank you.
    J

    10:50 p.m.
    4-25-12

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