When my children were growing up, I spent a lot (A. Lot.) of time in schools. As a mom-volunteer, from toddler-hood through legally-now-an-adult, I witnessed an enormous selection of selfless individuals. Most of them not making much money for their difficult and challenging jobs, some, like me, not making any at all.
Today, our message is about the Caregiver. The true hero. That person who exudes compassion and generosity. A loving and unique being, one who is empathic and merciful.
Taking Care/Giving Care
It can be a struggle to assure Self-Care when we are focused on helping all of humanity (and the animal kingdom on top of that). So it’s important to balance the “taking” with the “giving” when we strive for Care.
Back within our regular rotation around the card altar, that’s precisely what our messenger is reminding us to be aware of.
“Armadillo ~ 28 ~ Boundaries
Armadillo wears its armor on its back, its medicine a part of its body. Its boundaries of safety are a part of its total being.
What a gift it is to set your boundaries so that harmful words or intentions just roll off. Your lesson is in setting up what you are willing to experience. If you do not wish to experience feeling invaded, just call on Armadillo medicine……
If Armadillo wandered into the cards you chose, it is time to define your space. You may have been too willing to let your home become a bus station. You may find that you cannot say ‘no’ even when you know that you will have to cancel plans to be obliging. This routine can get old in a hurry.
It may be time to ask yourself the following questions:
Am I honoring the time I need for personal enjoyment? Do others treat me like a doormat? Why do I always get upset when I’m taken for granted? Is there a reason for my being a ‘yes’ person?
All of the answers to these questions relate to setting up boundaries….. allow Armadillo’s armor to slice in-between, giving you back your sense of self.”
Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C Werneke
Today’s Family Update:
is this text conversation between our Empress and her dad (two of the most caring and generous and compassionate people I have ever had the privilege to spend time with) from earlier.
We’re doing surgery!!!
Removing the masses and not putting her down today!!!!!
The vet said that her overall health and quality of life was so good it would be a shame not to try.
Wow – the healing power of Emma!
So yeah, her first hospice dog outlived his expiration date by well over a year, this one seems to be following along the same way. They’re all home now, resting comfortably. That poodly little lady seems to still have a bit of livin’ yet to do. How fortunate for her, it’ll be with Emmy.