If you’ve been here long enough, then you know how I feel about “forced” holidays (and the unattainable expectations that come from them).  Yesterday we went to have a dinner with my parents.

             It was low-keyed, casual, and I felt enormously blessed to even HAVE this opportunity.  Not all of my children were in attendance, my mom and dad have few living relations left, two guests at dinner weren’t able to be with ANY of their family members.

             And yet, we shared a meal and each of us realized what a gift this Sunday get-together was.  This morning brought a message that I am not surprised to see:

Gathered Group

             Our culture does us a disservice, one which we’ve talked about here before.  No one is like the idealized false examples on TV, the movies, or in all of that hideous advertising.  So when we look around and see what we don’t have, it is often a painful reminder.

             Except….. except when it isn’t.  Except that we do NOT have to accept this false and hurtful standard.  We are perfectly well equipped to build another family.  (Or incorporate others into our existing family.)

             We are more than welcome to construct a tribe of like-minded individuals.  Any group that we consciously gather with can create new and unique traditions   This is how OUR story is best told.

             When we select the beautiful beings who nurture and support us, we are healing everyone present.  And yes, even beyond that circle.  The more times we gather together and rejoice (or ya know, just enjoy each other’s company), we are contributing positive energy out and out and out into the All.

             By choosing the group, we have also chosen Joy.  And then, we are able to share it.  With those whom we deem worthy.  Not by what has been dictated AT us.

             On our card altar today, the daily draw is reminding us that this healing and positive influence must begin, as all emotions do, from within.

oracle cards, goddess of compassion, quan yin

“Goddess of Compassion  ~

‘Self-criticism is diminishing your sense of self-worth.’

The Goddess of Compassion has shown up in your reading today to ask you to be more compassionate towards yourself.

At the core of every living thing only love exists.  Your personality and the role that you play in this life is only transitory and ultimately, an illusion.  All that you perceive to be good or bad or necessary aspects of who you are;  positive and negative qualities exist in everyone and in everything.

A more accurate description of positive and negative is Yin and Yang, for in reality there is neither positive nor negative, only opposite qualities which together make us whole.

Self-criticism is diminishing your sense of self-worth and keeping you in the illusion that you need to improve in order to be worthy of success, happiness, and fulfillment.

Have compassion; love and accept all of who you are, as you are, and stop striving for something that is impossible to attain.

Through love your life magically transforms.”

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Recent Kitchen Adventures:

don’t have a photo this time.  But that doesn’t make the project any less impressive.  To me, anyway.

             Have you ever created lemonade by hand?  From real live lemons?  Like, with a cooked simple syrup, fresh mint, and I-squeezed-them-all-by-my-self-elf fruit?

             Because I just did this the other night.  I had several lemons, a grapefruit, and one lime.  Here’s the deal, my finished product was amazing.  So tasty.  A ton of freaking work, which took all* damn day, but the end result was truly impressive.

*Not like consecutive hours, but still, lots of time.

             No specific recipe, I just used bits and pieces from what I could find.  Our local paper ran a feature story a few weeks ago, so I mainly went off of that.  If anyone has spare citrus just hanging around, send me some.  I want to keep doing this.

3 thoughts on “Choices and Selections

  1. There is something to be said for living in ‘tribes’ as it were. A ‘good’ life is dependent on more than just one individual. (And, wow, I just devolved into a rant and that just doesn’t seem the way to start my day today. So that’s as far as that comment’s going!)

    Here’s something else you can do with citrus. Citrus vinegar for cleaning! I got it over at HenCam. She used orange rinds, I used grapefruit ’cause it was what I had. 3 orange rinds for 2 quarts of vinegar (I used 4 or 5 grapefruit rinds for a gallon container) Steep for 4 to 6 six weeks shaking or rolling once a week. Strain. I also squeezed the rinds when I saw how much they soaked up! Vinegar plus citrus oil = awesome cleaner. And what a wonderful smell!

  2. I read something in the paper yesterday that touched on the global aspect of this, and very specifically with First Nations peoples. The treatise was that there is no “Native American” homogeneity, and that the collection of tribes was not, in effect, any “nationality”. I love the concept of “tribe” being of “like minded individuals who collectively bond for mutual aid and support.” Interesting stuff to think about.

    The lemonade sounds delightful!

    Perfect definition!

    I do think of interesting stuff, but in this case, it’s not me. It’s whoever is sending it to all of us through me.

    11:27 p.m.

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