Part of my daily practice is to write. I like to pull a card (Lenormand, Tarot, Oracle) then write about what it brings up in me. In our current climate, change has been a topic seemingly from everyone.
- What do we do about change?
- How do we create change?
- How do we change things that are changing?
- Can we change ourselves to adapt to our new climate?
And so it goes. I don’t think the discussion is new. I do think it is louder, more vociferous, more in-my-face than it has been. I also think it is showing me things that I cannot condone.
Violence in thought, word and/or deed is a big one for me.
All of that was on my mind when I wrote down the question for the day.
How can I embrace change more effectively?
If I am honest, I can admit that I was pretty sure I knew what my answer was. I would just have to embrace change as it came.
But the card I pulled forced me into a deeper way of looking at thing. A more profound yet far simpler answer was waiting for me in the turn of a card.
Using the Housewives Tarot (Quirk Books 2004), I flipped over the Three of Pentacles. And here is part of my journal entry.
Interesting. She’s doing the work to reinforce the shelf while the other three look on. Why are they not helping?
And that’s it in a small, encapsulated natural holder: nutshell. She doesn’t care that they are not helping. That they seem to be judging her work. She’s doing the work that needs to be done.
Her arms/hands are the tools. Left hand is a hammer. Right hand is a screwdriver. She didn’t have to stop to grab tools. She is Tools.
The work doesn’t scare her. She is as cheerful as a robin greeting spring. This isn’t about her. It isn’t about them. It isn’t even about the shelf.
It’s about the work itself.
She would be fixing something else if not this shelf. She’d be creating more plates. She’d be inventorying her environment to see what needed doing.
She would just do. It is where her joy is. In the doing.
Not the doing for others.
Just the very act of doing.
Today I do what needs to be done.
I end each journal entry with an affirmation. I tell my clients that affirmations are best said out-loud. I advocate that they are done three times three. By that I mean, say the affirmation three times. Do that three times a day so that you have a total of nine. Bare minimum!
And say them out loud. Look yourself in the eye in the mirror when you do this. Our brains process what we hear differently than when we read the same thing.
So what will you do about change? My answer turned out to be to just do the work that needs to be done. I guess the Universe is kicking me in the rump telling me to stop worrying about the efficacy of what I do and worry about the DO part of what I do.
Today I do what needs to be done. I know what I see that needs doing, but I don’t want to put words into your mouths. Instead please let me know in the comments what you will be doing.
Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.