One of the most recent conversations swirling around The Burrow lately has been about how I not only don’t have a Plan B, but I don’t even have a PLAN. We joke. And it’s still true.
As you know, if you’ve been around here a while, I have trouble with goals. Change is still difficult, but I’m getting better on that front.
The entire prospect of far-seeing is simply so challenging that I have trouble grasping it. (Even physically it’s not something my eyes are very good with.) Short-range, I’m not horrible. I make a list of what’s going on, in the next few days. But rarely farther out than 3 or 4.
What I was made aware of this morning would be quite a task for anyone who is like me.
Be prepared for delays.
Like, have a back-up plan just in case everything you thought was going to happen ends up completely sideways. I’m thinking that in order to be as prepared as I need to be, I maybe should get prepared in the first place.
Back within our regular rotation around the card altar we’ve been given this duo to help us with our preparations. And to show us how far we’ve come in our own journeys. This pair is very uplifting and inspirational.
“The Burden ~ 6 ~ Clouds: The Mind ~ (reversed)
When we carry a load of shoulds and shouldn’ts imposed on us by others we become like this ragged, struggling figure trying to make his way uphill. ‘Go faster, try harder, reach the top!’ shouts the foolish tyrant he carries on his shoulder, while the tyrant himself is crowned with an imperious rooster.
If life these days feels like just a struggle from the cradle to the grave, it could be time to shrug your shoulders and see what it feels like to walk without these characters on your back.
You have your own mountain to conquer, your own dreams to fulfill, but you will never have the energy to pursue them until you release yourself from all the expectations you have gathered from others but now think are your own. Chances are they exist only in your own mind, but that doesn’t mean they can’t weigh you down.
It’s time to lighten up, and send them on their way.
Comparison ~ 5 ~ Cloud: The Mind
Who ever told you that a bamboo is more beautiful than the oak, or the oak is more valuable than the bamboo? Do you think the oak wishes it had a hollow trunk like this bamboo? Does the bamboo feel jealous of the oak because it is bigger and its leaves change color in the fall?
The very idea of the two trees comparing themselves to each other seems ridiculous, but we humans seem to find this habit very hard to break.
Let’s face it, there is always going to be somebody who is more beautiful, more talented, stronger, more intelligent, or apparently happier then you are. And conversely, there will always be those who are less than you in all of these ways.
They way to find out who you are is not by comparing yourself with others, but by looking to see whether you are fulfilling your own potential in the best way that you know how.”
Side note, I don’t think we’ve ever seen this Comparison card. But I like it. And it’s lovely. (Also, a Five.)
Osho Zen Tarot
has quite a few repeats, and yet they were spotted in different parts of town and on different days. Yeah, collegeville is like that right now. Michigan, BC, Illinois, Illinois again, Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, Alaska, and BC one more time.