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.

osho zen, alternative tarot

“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.)

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

FLP Report:

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.

4 thoughts on “Being Ready and Being Ourselves

  1. That comparison card really hit the nail on the head for me. Well, both of them did, actually. I have some baggage that I’ll be shedding over the next couple of weeks, and I’m looking forward to being lighter.

    You and me, both!

    9:21 p.m.

  2. I have 3 odd FLP reports. I followed a green Jeep down Hwy 101 yesterday that made almost exactly the same use of wipers as I was, (in a varying rain event from downpour to light) and bore New Jersey plates. Then, across from one another in the Albertson’s parking lot were Michigan and Wisconsin (which I find interesting because in my mind, Michigan’s UP belongs in Wisconsin).

    This is one of the very few times I am not put out by Osho’s cards. Very interesting comparison message, and one that makes a lot of sense.

    It’s so funny to me that all of those folks come HERE!

    9:22 p.m.

  3. I AM good at making plans. Lots n lots of them. But there is this thing called FOLLOW THROUGH that I seem to have problems with. 🙂

    I keep dumping the ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’, but certain people keep throwing them back at me. It gets exhausting.

    Those who are doing the throwing need to be the ones responsible, not you.

    9:23 p.m.

  4. Like Robin, I am great at making plans. Long, involved plans. Often growing into grandiose plans! I can plan a project, break everything down into tasks with dates.

    But follow-through? I used to be good at it. Now it is just that thing waiting for me to catch up.

    Comparison is a good card for me right now. Actually, so is Burden: shoulds are the bane of my existence.

    Drop the shoulds, move on. No one needs ’em.

    9:24 p.m.

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