Action Steps

             Our message is brought to us by a small rental house.  No, not ours, a different one.  The Air BnB residence that Daniel’s family stayed in this week when all of the hotels in town were Sold Out.  (Yes, even mine.)

             It’s simple, like so many of the reminders we recieve.  It’s also important, and timely.

be the help we need

             The owners of this bungalow are active in their community.  They care about their fellow humans.  I like that in a landlady/landlord.

             This message, this call to action, this involvement, it helps us to remember that it doesn’t take huge gestures to make huge progress in positive ways.

             Do a small thing, make a large impact.  Change our world for the better.  Reach out.  Smile, connect.  Lend a hand.  Share.  Donate.  Give back.

             Make a difference.

Today’s Resources:

me, and framed art.

Today’s Sharing:

is really more like Today’s Gratitude.  Thank you family and loved ones, for making my partner’s birthday extremely special this year.  Time together, it is invaluable.

 

 

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On this day . . .

             In honour of my best friend’s birthday* we’ve drawn from our Special Occasion cards.

*Yes, he’s also the guy I’m married to, and father of all my brilliant and beautiful children.

             It’s such a deep and full message that we’ll make this our singular and primary focus right now.

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“Platypus  ~  35  ~

Women’s Wisdom

According to Aboriginal legend, the Platypus was birthed form the forbidden coupling of two souls joined by unlawful union.   Out of vengeance for their reprehensible behaviour, the Elders transformed her into a Duck and him into a Water Rat.   They were then exiled indefinitely from their respective clans.  She eventually produced an egg, from which hatched a strange furry, duck-billed creature equipped with four powerful webbed feet: the Platypus.

Those who have ever felt abandoned or rejected should seek the wisdom of the Platypus.  She was created under a blanket of dishonesty, judgment, and betrayal, brought into this world as a result of true, honest, but devastating love.

No matter how old we are, we instinctively look to our parents, as our primary role models, for confirmation and guidance in all areas of our life.  But what if that guidance is absent, or predisposed by traditional values or belief; values or beliefs inappropriate for today’s world?

Platypus is not only committed to her parent’s heartfelt desire to see the people merge with peace and love in their hearts, but also to the empowerment of all women by reminding them of their worth, wisdom, and their role as ‘sorcerers,’ individuals charged with the power to create within the dark recesses of their womb.  She works to free all women of guilt and oppression and to reinstate their connection to ‘the source.’

If Platypus has swum into your life today, you are being prepared to realise, understand, and embrace the potency of your own intuition and higher levels of knowing.

A creature that swims with her eyes shut, Platypus listens to the heartbeat of the Earth Mother for direction.  She looks to her inner yin and yang for guidance, thus finding the strength needed to make her own decisions.

She honours her innate masculine and feminine qualities, knowing that she is more than capable of navigating herself through life without the support of others.

You are being urged to trust your own judgment, direction, and endurance.  This is the wisdom of all women – the ability to trust in their intuition and to consciously act with purpose. 

Women are natural dreamers, visionaries, and mystics, but they must embrace their masculine aspects in order to realise the full potential of these gifts.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King

Today’s Celebration:

Daniel, all that he is and all that he’s done for us.

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The Dan Day.

             Before I began this post tonight I had to flip back through the archives to see what was written about my Beloved in previous years.  JulieLand is getting old!  Good thing Daniel and I aren’t. (Hush, just hush.  As if NO one else is aging around here.)

              Here is the 2009 post and here is the 2010 post.  (Apparently in 2008 I ignored him.)  These links will, as always, open to new windows, so go read them, then come back.  (Go!) 

             All done?  Good, now we can move on with our more current festive greetings and the Special Occasion card for this year.  

                                  HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!!!

“Platypus  ~  Women’s Wisdom.

According to Aboriginal legend, the Platypus was birthed from the forbidden coupling of two souls joined by unlawful union.  Out of vengeance for their reprehensible behaviour, the Elders transformed her into a Duck and him into a Water Rat.  They were then exiled indefinitely from their respective clans.  She eventually produced an egg, from which hatched a strange furry, duck-billed creature equipped with four powerful webbed feet: the Platypus.

Those who have ever felt abandoned or rejected should seek the wisdom of Platypus.  She was created under a blanket of dishonesty, judgment and betrayal, brought into this world as a result of true, honest but devastating love.

No matter how old we are, we instinctively look to our parents, as our primary role models, for confirmation and guidance in all areas of our life.  But what if the guidance is absent, or predisposed by traditional values or belief; values or beliefs inappropriate for today’s world?

Platypus is not only committed to honouring her parent’s heartfelt desire to see the people merge with peace and love in their hearts, but also to the empowerment of all women by reminding them of their worth, wisdom and their role as ‘sorcerers,’ individuals charged with the power to free all women of guilt and oppression and to reinstate their connection to ‘the source.’

If Platypus has swum into your cards today, you are being prepared to realise, understand and embrace the potency of your own intuition and higher levels of knowing.

A creature that swims with her eyes shut, Platypus listens to the heartbeat of the Earth Mother for direction.  She looks to her inner yin and yang for guidance, thus finding the strength needed to make her own decisions.  She honours her innate masculine and feminine qualities, knowing that she is more than capable of navigating herself through life without the support of others.

You are being urged to trust your own judgment, direction and endurance.  This is the wisdom of women – the ability to trust in their intuition and to consciously act with purpose.  Women are natural dreamers, visionaries and mystics, but they must embrace their masculine aspects in order to realise the full potential of these gifts.”

            I continue to adore this deck, and how the designer defines each Dreaming Animal so distinctly and beautifully.  It seems very appropriate to me that we would get a message about Women’s Wisdom on Daniel’s day. 

            He grew up with two sisters and a mom in the house, all strong and intelligent women.  His dad was there too, but the boys were outnumbered.  Bob is a kind and often quiet guy, but don’t ever mistake a soft-spoken demeanor for inattentiveness.   In either of them.

           One of my favorite bumper stickers says “if you are not outraged you are not paying attention.”  This is Dan and his father, they do become outraged, when it is necessary.   Most of the time though, they are calm.  My own son learned this generational lesson as well.  As a dad, as a son, Daniel makes us all proud, going both directions he taught and he learned and he carries on with grace and honor. 

            Since you’ve read the other posts (and played along here for some time now), you know he’s not perfect, and that he DOES drop down to the Low Road when he sees fit.  Here is the notation (and story it inspired) that I found in the paper yesterday.  His gallows humour, at its finest.

              Not even kidding, we laughed about this for HOURS!  When I returned from my trudge he’d already been in and out of the shower and was dressing for work.  We have this pull up plug thing that activates the shower head mechanism, as opposed to just running tub water out of that faucet.  When a person is done with his or her bathing under the aforementioned showerhead, that person is SUPPOSED to drop the handle, so that the next person getting into the tub will not be drenched on his or her head with freezing cold shower water that’s been in the pipes for gawdknows how long.

            Wanna guess what he forgot to do when he got out of the shower?  Yes, he left the apparatus in the ON position.  Fortunately I wasn’t QUITE all the way under the showerhead when it came screaming on, blasting ice cubes onto my bare front.  As I smashed the handle down (with far more force than was technically necessary) and stuck my head out the bathroom door, he came ambling around the corner, bullet proof vest in one hand, gun belt in the other, huge ridiculous grin on his face saying, “oops, my bad.”  To which I replied, “yeah, so sorry I accidentally shot you in the head.” 

            Truly, we have made our own entertainment for decades now.  And we plan on doing it for several more decades to come.  We just have far too much fun to quit now.

                Today I received this phone photo from our Hurricane.

              With a text which said, “meanwhile, Indi protests his horrible life of diet food with Occupy Hanna.”  Poor Grand-dog of mine… he was given a combo dish of diet and non-diet kibble.  She noticed that he had been picking out the diet bits, in protest of her cruel and inhuman treatment. 

              You can tell by this picture though, that they are both hard at work, in the home office.  She put up a great tribute to her dad here on her own blog.   Like the Father’s Day post, it was brilliant.

                 Happy Birthday Dan, again.  One more time.