We developed a theme today.  And it ran.  All day.  It was about how things actually DO happen when they are supposed to.  And how delays, detours, and down-right blockade diversions are precisely what we need when they step into our direct paths.

             Of course, during the collapsing time, we are convinced that this is a disaster and we’ll never make it out alive.  The other side just seems impossible to reach.  But then, we survived.   And we are strong.  And often, we have a really good story to tell.  Or, in the case of our beautiful (and massively talented) friend Amanda, a song to sing.

             What I woke up with today did not really give me a clue as to how very insightful it, eventually, turned out to be.





             Then, our daily draw pops up with a big ol’ huge heaping helping of validation.  Nice one, Universe, nice one.  (Please note, the photo is horrible, and I have no idea why.  Pretend it’s all sparkly/pretty, like THESE images.)

amethyst, crystals, oracle cards, healing stones

“Amethyst  ~

spirituality, positive transformation, meditation

You are being urged to embrace your shadow side.  Take an inventory of all those aspects of yourself that  you are afraid to show the world because you perceive them to be bad or inadequate.

Meditate on these qualities.  Acknowledge them, see how they serve both you and others, then love them, and bring them into your heart.

When you realise that every aspect of you serves a purpose, there will be no need to deny half of who you are.  Just be yourself and understand that there is nothing in your life to fix.  There are simply aspects of yourself yearning to be embraced and loved.

This is a profound change – a time of positive transformation which will have a lasting impact on every area of your life, and to some degree, on those around you.”

             We ARE who we need to be and we ARE doing what we arrived here to do. The best way to understand all of it is to listen.  Sit quietly, go within, hear the stories that our soul tells.  And most importantly, live in a genuinely loving way.

             Because, bottom line?  We’re doin’ great, and this journey is an absolutely terrific one.

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s  Mileage:

was to the pool and back, 3.839 in 25 minutes 4 seconds, at a leisurely pace of 9.1 MPH.  With Dan, who could not get his smarty-pants phone to hold a signal for the mapping program.

Tonight’s Kitchen Adventure:

has yet to be taken out of the oven.  Remember that volunteer tree we found in our backyard last year?  With fruit on it?


             This summer’s crop (seen in the above view) is massive (comparatively speaking, the last harvest yield was: 3).  So we created a mixed-fruit crisp for dessert, using these guys and the front yard blueberries.  We’ll let you know how it turns out.

LateNight Sharing:

is THIS dog walk* that “the guys” went on while I was here in my computer chair.  (I sent them out for ice cream to go with our baked treat.)

*Be sure you zoom in, because holy crap, it’s hilarious.

6 thoughts on “Truly Who (and Where) We Are.

  1. Timing is everything. I had a heated conversation with my mom about secretiveness and manipulation and living an honest life just earlier tonight. Nothing changed of course because she has been behaving in this matter for 74 years now but at least I voiced my dislike of the dynamic.

    This has to be one our most difficult lessons: do what we can and let the rest go.
    We can live OUR genuine honesty and truth, and share that. We just can’t MAKE everyone else do it, too.

    11:15 p.m.

  2. Well, I’m certainly working on living that authentic life. We talked about it in therapy this week. It’s not easy, not by a long shot.

    I’m so glad you guys are enjoying your vacation and that dog walk is pretty funny, with all the little turns in it. As Karen said, there must have been many interesting things to smell!

    The plums look very good and like the plums that grew on the plum tree outside of Steve’s grandma’s house. They were delicious.

    I’ve been watering and picking the blueberries and cherry tomatoes growing in the yard. The tomatoes are coming on right now and the blueberries are just meandering along. But they are all yummy!

    Growing food!
    In our yards!
    So fun!

    11:17 p.m.

  3. I have used the “Map My Ride” program for parade marching. Once. There doesn’t seem to be an ap for “march with a sousaphone” which somehow seems like I oughta burn more calories than, say, a piccolo player. I look forward to using it in the Eugene Celebration parade on Saturday.

    Good card, and good reminders about how stuff is as it is supposed to be.

    Maybe add the weight of your instrument into the personal data figures? There totally should be a consideration for that HUGE damn music-maker. (Nothing like a flute.)

    11:18 p.m.

  4. I’ve been trying to lead a more authentic life, while still holding on to that sense of privacy that I need. It’s a fine balance between being open and saying too much. : )

    I can see how that would be a difficult balance to maintain for you. Or anyone who is inherently private.
    Even though I’m so not. 😉

    11:21 p.m.

  5. I have to chime back in and say that “joy, pleasure, entertainment, endurance” so totally sums up the hikes we’ve been doing. And the map my hike looks a good bit like Dan’s dog walk map, only it’s trails. It would be even wigglier if I attached my fancy phone to Kady’s collar as we hiked, but i don’t think she’d appreciate it!

    Glad you came back, and wow, super cool!

    I would LOVE to see that map.

    11:23 p.m.

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