Grin and Think It.

             As I was telling my fabulous pal Patty (in our pool class tonight), after the next appointment, I may give up on those acupuncture treatments.  The results have been disappointing, and we can’t afford it.  Even with their sliding scale set-up.  Not really seeing any improvement in my wrist situation.

             What MAY be on the mend though (but not because of acupuncture) is my ankle/feet swelling.  Not that the edema is gone, it is absolutely not.  The good news is that I may have found a way of controlling it.  Well.  Emma did.  I just took her advice.

             Way, way back, when I first began my stomping around in the neighborhood, a beautiful friend recommended some socks that had treated her feet well.  I purchased a tester pair.  Then, those worked so well, I bought some more.  She was right, they were WONDERFUL.

             For months now, my Empress has been suggesting compression hosiery.  Yesterday, the testers of those arrived.  And I wore them around all night.  Of course I looked ridiculous, but Dan’s seen me in worse.  So that part was unimportant.

             Once I got the bastards on, I noticed an immediate SOMETHING.  By the end of the evening, as I took them off for bed, we could see that this had promise.  I’ll keep you posted.  Thank you Kari, and Em, for helping my painful hooves to feel much better.  If just for a short while.

             As I mentioned yesterday, this was our Monday morning.  So when I woke up (finally, after a few false starts) I knew what the day would hold.  With mixed emotions I left the bed.  Hearing this:

lead with your smile.

             As in, fake it ’til you make.  Give the world your best face, and if you continue to smile and act happy, it will begin to actually BE how you feel.

             It wasn’t until later though, that I got around to flipping our daily draw.  I knew though, before I left the bed, that we’d be heading towards this stack.

archangel cards, messages of intuition

“Brilliant Idea!

Archangel Uriel:

‘Yes, your idea is Divinely guided . . . .

please take action to bring your idea to fruition.’

Additional Message:

‘Your idea is an answered prayer.   Even though it may push you past your comfort zone . . . .

Ask for, and be willing to receive  all of the support that you need to bring the idea to fruition.  Know that I’ll be there all along the way, and you can ask me for help at any time.  I’m especially glad to give you ideas and creative insights to support your life’s purpose.’

Working with Archangel Uriel:

Uriel’s energy is pale yellow, like a candle’s glow.  Whenever you need ideas or intellectual guidance, contact Uriel.  His energy is aligned with the amber crystal.”

             Challenges spring up, and we get anxious.  That is when we need reminding the most that we created this life, we chose this body, and we carefully selected who was going to walk this path with us.  When we are handed a validation like this one, it’s such a gift!

             We get a clear and concise confirmation that what we’re doing is the RIGHT thing, where we’re going is the RIGHT way, and who we are surrounding ourselves with are the RIGHT folks.

             These messages are nothing but positive, and for that, I’m beyond grateful.

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Mileage:

could have been a more difficult ride than it was, I’m having some gear issues, and will need to take my bike in for a repair soon, but this afternoon I managed the quick 3.859 miles up to the pool and back in 23 minutes 28 seconds.  My pace (of 9.9 MPH) showed that all is not well on two wheels right now, though.

Yesterday’s Sharing:

is the map from Dan that wouldn’t send, which arrived after last night’s post went up.  You can see it HERE, finally.

LateNight Business:

is only to let you know that I’ve noticed more ads popping up.  Near the bottom of my posts.   That I did not authorize, and that I get nothing from.  It’s a WordPress prerogative.  Merely FYI.

Simply Miraculous.

Before this post goes up I’ll have changed the color and header photo.  Don’t be shocked, you WERE forewarned.  (Several times.)  I was just really done with that shade, and even though I kept fiddling with it, I couldn’t capture the happiness it originally brought me.  My hope is that I’ve found a new form of joy by the time this is in front of you guys.

That original idea I had for a picture is NOT what you’re seeing right now.  I couldn’t make that work.  I’m gonna need Dan’s help, and advice.  But while I trudged today (for some reason, five miles felt like 55) I thought of another lovely image.  Wanna know WHY I thought of this one?  Because my feet were not covered in band aids, that’s why.

Not the problem.

A few weeks ago  a lovely friend (who cares about my health and well-being) e-mailed me with a suggestion.  Her own feet have been problematic at times, so she thought that what she’d found to be helpful, might also help mine.  She was right.  They did help.  All that time we stressed over the shoes, when really, the solution was the socks.  These socks.  To be exact.

I had a bit of a false start, so I immediately contacted the company (because ya know, I’m a pest like that).  I got an amazingly fast and thoughtful response.  Tom was wonderful!  And we figured out the first problem.  My second problem (the shoes “eat” my socks) seems to have worked its ownself out now.  There will still be new shoes in my future (as soon as we can afford them) but for now, I’ve been made blissfully happy by the current solution of better socks.

My neighbors, on the other hand, are not all living in bliss.  Or, at least, their trees aren’t.  Many people are STILL dealing with the storm damage caused by that late snow fall.  The rocket scientist next door has spent several days in his front yard.  On a small stool.  In front of the stump which used to be a tree.  With a chainsaw pointed down into the hole!  It is simply frightening in the extreme.

Remember this disaster site?  Yeah, it’s tidier now, but no less painful to gaze upon.  There are more than one of these views on my Route.

Mostly everyone, like these folks, have it all stacked or mulched or run through the chipper by now.  I feel bad for them, but I like seeing how nice and efficient the clean-up is going.  (With the obvious exception being You Know Who right next door.)

Our message today is the perfect next step for us too, it’s so validating in regards to what we’ve been getting lately.

“The Fire Prince  ~  optimism, aggression.

When the Fire Prince arrives as your Ally, he lets you know that he represents the invisible forces behind all manner of manifestation, and he brings you the gift of optimism.  You will be rightly inspired to move forward and take confident and assertive action to reach your goal.

Envisioning the path of the highest good with an optimistic outlook, the Fire Prince also brings you the gift of a miracle.  Things come together as if by magic to create the reality you seek.

You have every reason to be hopeful.  Move forward, knowing that you have everything you need and more.  Just remember to share the enthusiasm, believe in others, and be optimistic for them, too, and your good fortune will multiply.”

             Even though this one was absolutely in the direct position when I flipped it, as with another one recently, I’m being advised that we need to see both sides.

“There are a couple of messages delivered by the Fire Prince, so take heed as one or both could pertain to you now.  Be mindful of starting a fire you can’t put out.  Aggressive action results in loss; slow down and don’t be so eager to reach your goal.  Stay clear of someone else’s unbridled ambition and aggression as well.  If you think you could get burned, you most certainly will – unless you remove yourself from the action.

When the Fire Prince arrives as a Challenger, he could also be warning you to be careful of burnout.  This might pertain to workaholism or obsessively focusing on something you want, excluding all else.  You may be afraid to let go, but you must.  If you keep going they way you are, truly you won’t have any energy left, nor will you see your way through your path.  It is easy to get lost in the dark where there is no flame to light the way.”

            Okay, now we’ve seen the options and choices.  This will definitely be the right card for us all, on many different levels.

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realms Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid