Today’s card reminds me that sometimes I must try what I think I won’t like. I have to experience things firsthand. Parents have to do this all the time to their children. My mama was pretty strict in some areas. One of those was the “three bites” rule. I’ll bet many of you have been through that on both sides of the spoon.
Here we see a lion seeming to grimace or growl as a woman tenderly hugs him. He isn’t ready for this gentle touch. He wants to go rage and roar and rip things up. But he’s allowing her this intimacy because of trust. What we don’t know is how she built that relationship. I doubt it was instantaneous.
How do you build relationships? What is your Modus Operandi when faced with something you just know you won’t like? Have you ever thought that gut feeling might be fear? That maybe you have brought in your own prejudices into the mix?
I have. I just knew I wouldn’t like yoga. I knew it would hurt my back. I knew I would ache afterwards. I’d look stupid doing all those weird poses and people would laugh at me. But I bartered two readings for a private lesson anyway. I did that because I really liked the two guys I was reading for. Their partnership makes me smile.
Then I put off doing the yoga class until I realized my heel dragging was inconveniencing someone else. So I went.
Yeah, you know the end of this story, right? Loved it. Wanted to do it every week. Haven’t yet but that’s on my 100 Things To Do this year list. And you can still join me in creating your Incredible Year. It’s never too late.
So for your 180 seconds today, can you commit to trying or exploring something you are sure you don’t like just in case it’s just fear holding you back?
And for the record? I’ve tried lima beans and beets. It’s not fear. It’s really that I do not like them. 😀
Seek Joy, Y’all! Pass it on!
Strength, Efflorescent Tarot, Katie Rose Pipkin
(I own two of the black and white version)