Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Pitfall of the Eight of Wands

Joie De Vivre Tarot Paulina Cassidy  eight of wands
For today I’ve drawn the Eight of Wands  from the Joie de Vivre tarot. The keywords from the LWB are: boldness, direction, activation, passion, acceleration.
“Aiming high, the courageous astromouse, Nucleus, ventures across the galaxy with a take-charge energy that will break down all obstacles. One-eyed aliens, Zoom and Boom, help guide him in the right direction as he forges ahead with powerful determination."
It is  not a matter of to having no determination enough, but more a matter of feeling overwhelmed by all the things I should do, according to my own high and not always realistic standards. After two very pleasant and enjoyable Easter days, I was more than willing to stumble or perhaps rather jump in my own pitfall of long daily to-do lists with a lot of boxes to tick off.
No matter if I enjoy  them or not, a strict part of me me tells me they have to be done. Now that’s where this Eight of Wands comes in to play. Look how curious and exited Nucleus is about his life. He is enjoying his journey and all the beautiful experiences he has encountered so far and so many beautiful things are still to be discovered before he will reach, (will he ever reach??) his destination.
I have to remind myself about something I tend to forget very often: it is me who makes these lists, joins the challenges, sets the goals, plans my chores and activities. I put them there because I want them there.  It is also  up to me to take them off this list if I want to. So whatever I am going to do today, it is because it is my desire to do so and that way it will also ask a lot less energy of me than when I view them as “have to’s" and “should’s”.
Also a lovely alternative for a to-do list is a: “What have I done today list” or as Nucleus would describe it: filling in the ship's log!

15 comments:

  1. You are right, instead of just what do I have to do, we should acknowledge what we have done and be grateful for what we have accomplished, that would keep our momentum going. I have to try to remember its the Journey and not just the destination.

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    1. We do so much more in a day then we give ourselves credit for. Today it all started when I was brave enough to get out of bed!! :D

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  2. Look at the bigger picture. I hate it when someone says that :) But when I do my knowledge expands if nothing else. Then it is back to the small picture and my own methods again. hugs, Sharyn

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    1. When I look at the bigger picture I can see my own pitfalls otherwise I keep stumbling. :)

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  3. There is a special feeling in realizing that you have the power to not do something that over time came to feel like necessity (through habit, I suppose). There is something deeply liberating in that! I hope your Easter was wonderful! We are entering each day a bit further into the rainy season, and Easter was quite gray (but I like it like that now and again!) :)

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    1. It is often all about choice and priority! :) My Easter was very pleasant but i am happy everything is back to normal again. I rather like grey weather too. I am already looking forward to fall :D
      I hope you had a lovely vacation. Anyway you have a wonderful beach to return too :)

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  4. The thing about lists is that there's always another one waiting even if you get one finished. So if that's the case, we shouldn't get too uptight about trying to get everything done and feeling guilty if we don't. :)

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    1. Ha ha my list never end because I use a bullet journal! the fun thing about that is that you can migrate everything you haven't done to the next page to give it another shot :)
      Yesterday was a good day. My list felt more like a gentle reminder then the CEO of my life

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    2. Ha! That sounds good, the bullet journal, but I'm afraid my lists would only grow longer if I tried that! :) Gentle reminders are far more preferable to CEOs :)

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  5. That card image is adorable! I used to get the 8 of wands all the time in high school, it is a fond old friend. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Cathy!And welcome to my blog!

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  6. I like to have a list to tick off, but I also add things onto it that I did, which weren't originally on there. And I figure it's an okay day if I tick off three, a good day if I tick off five, and an excellent day if I tick off more. That being said, I make them all manageable and small, so it's a rare day I don't manage three :D

    Hope you have joy in everything you do, and self-love in not doing the things that don't bring you joy :)

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    1. "I make them all manageable and small" that's a very smart thing to do as a working mother of two boys
      Take care of yourself this weekend
      Hugs

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