A Flood of Celebration: Card of the Week 17th September, 2013

This week’s card is a day late. A flood, according to CNN, of “Biblical proportions” has hit my state of Colorado and while away on a trip, all-hell-broke-loose on my home turf.   The clouds let loose more rain than we get in one year, in less than 24 hours. Creeks spilled their banks, roads collapsed, bridges washed out, homes simply washed away, people were evacuated and airlifted out  and, tragically, lives were lost.  I spent much of my return yesterday contacting friends, clients and friends and hearing about evacuations by the National Guard airlifting friends in Blackhawk helicopters, heroic tales of missing persons being found again, rescue help and neighbours banding together to stem the flood tide away from homes.

This week’s “card” (or tile)  from Mary McNaughton’s Synchro-Signs might therefore seem incongruous.  Happy balloons, candles and ribbons “CELEBRATE!” it says….

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And yet I find this ultimately fitting.  When I came home, my garden had been rinsed of most of its beauty, my bathroom ceiling had a crack in it that, when touched, turned into a gaping hole, mold, moss, mushrooms and split wood abound.   BUT I had a home. I was alive, my family was alive, my house was safe.   This was AWESOME!   The tales I heard from friends echoed this celebratory sentiment.  One friend described with joy how she had listened intently in the middle of the night to the waterfall of water flooding into her basement and growing higher and higher in the lake of her yard  until she felt like she was at sea on a ship;  waves lapping against the walls of the basement and slapping the top of the ceiling of the basement beneath her like waves on a hull… she slept in fear and her furnace and basement were ruined but she was SO happy – the water had not come up stairs, she was alive, they weren’t trapped.     Another woman said she had been evacuated two times but was finally able to go home yesterday – her gratitude and joy and compassion for those less fortunate, those who are in shelters, rose in her voice.

It seems like we wait for the Universe to roll out the caviar, lotto-winnings and “Good things happening”  to celebrate…. until something bad happens. Some tragedy strikes.  Our fathers or mothers fall ill and it dawns on us how much we love them. Our roof blows off and we realise how lucky we are to be alive.     This week, celebrations are in order.    Don’t wait until life kicks over your sand-castles to treasure the beautiful things in your life.  Treasure them now.  See them with the eyes of someone standing on the last bit of road left on Earth, the infinite stretching ahead, their world forever different. See them with the eyes of a flood victim cherishing a child saved by the Red Cross.   Value and celebrate the gifts that you do have because surely you have them!    This is your chance, right now, TODAY  – to give a mighty hug to your mom, dad, brother or sis. This is your chance RIGHT NOW, TODAY to go into your studio or your office or the back room of your house and see the wonderful possibilities waiting for you within those sturdy, safe walls.  What stories can you write, what pottery can you throw, what poems will you compose?

If you feel the flood waters metaphorically rising in your life, or if the Universe hasn’t opened a fresh jar of caviar for you – celebrate anyway!       Crack out your best yellow cake, make some sugar roses, light a few candles, strap on a party hat.   Be glad, be happy.     You’re alive, you’re loved and there’s SO MUCH ahead of you for the taking.   There’s so much you can give to other people and so many ways in which your help is needed and appreciated.

In my besotted garden, the sun has finally come out after the storms and even though most things are damaged, there now stand a cluster of perfect, white EASTER lilies blooming in September (planted in the Spring it is there time to resurface, just as fall is around the corner) a perfect symbol of how life celebrates itself on a continuing basis; I’M ALIVE, I GO ON, POSSIBILITIES don’t cease…

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Prayers and thoughts go out to those who cannot go home, who have no home now, or who have lost both property or human life.  In the coming days and weeks I will be donating time and resources to help my community… another thing we shouldn’t wait to do until something happens, this is a good reminder to cherish THOSE gifts too:  community.

About this deck:

This week’s wisdom comes to us from Synchro-Signs by Mary McNaughton and  published by Hampton Roads Publishing .    They’re not gorgeous, painterly works of art but they are simple and evocative.     This is not a card deck at all (the 101  rudimentary universal  symbols and glyphs are printed on tiny 1 inch squares of  cardboard  -I keep them in a box and mix them like rune-stones)  but it’s the only oracle I use when I need to flesh out a writing project or to put myself aside and read on MYSELF or issues at hand.   

Resting and Recuperating: Card of the Week 30 July 2013

A weekly symbol or card from my collection of unusual cards and oracles*

 

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See this Snoozy lil guy?  He brings pointed wisdom in this simple little graphic, about something most of us don’t like to think about:   rest.    This one really speaks to me for the week ahead.  I’ve been feeling a little under the weather and my back injury has been hurting to the point that my eyes are doing a really great daily  imitation of the Trevi  fountain, my bones are tired, and even my tired is tired.   Everything is a day late (including the card of the week post here on this blog)  and a donut short.      This little glyph says — “GIVE IN to the need to recuperate and rest. Why don’t you STOP, already?!”

In a culture that is so obsessed with perfecting and  being on top of nine jillion activities and undertakings, we’re piss poor when it comes to REST.     We monitor everything and keep track of so much:     Take out the trash and put it into 5 different recycling containers,    energize your make-up routine,  rotate your wardrobe, spend 5 minutes a day equalizing your mailbox and Franklin Covey-ing that biz,  walk 10,000 steps, eat (and track) your breakfast to be sure that it is 40% carbs 40% protein and 20% Saturnine Moon Dust,  update and refresh 9 different social media sites (you better NOT miss that post  the most fabulous Oreo cookie Blizzard)  and keeping track of  every blog, update, bill, password, passcode,  dot and dash.          Not only do we have a lot of WORK to do, we don’t value rest. There’s no friendly congratulations on sleep or recuperation.  Since when did you hear a friend proudly say, “I didn’t do anything at all – I just loafed and larped around. Then I napped.”      Nope it’s, “I’m SO busy”  or  “I got about 4 hours of sleep last night”  as if those are awesome badges of proliferate DO.   We revel in how much we do and celebrate how little we rest.

This week’s card suggests that resting, recuperating, sleeping and re-examining priorities  are just as important as “doing”.    What if you stopped doing (at least for a short time)  some of  those things you think you MUST do?    What if you let go of a few tasks ?    If we’re honest, some of the tasks on our plate do not ABSOLUTELY have to be there.  There are tasks you took on for others, or perhaps even “busy work”  you gave yourself that just plain isn’t making your life any better.  (Do you really have to check on Farmville crops?)        There is no true productivity without pauses and breaks and no music without a few rests.

Whether you don’t get enough sleep and rest in your life (or too much, on the flipside) this card calls you to look at what might be out of balance and whether or not your rest is truly restful!

 

About this deck:

This week’s wisdom comes to us from Synchro-Signs by Mary McNaughton and  published by Hampton Roads Publishing .    They’re not gorgeous, painterly works of art but they are simple and evocative.     This is not a card deck at all (the 101  rudimentary universal  symbols and glyphs are printed on tiny 1 inch squares of  cardboard  -I keep them in a box and mix them like rune-stones)  but it’s the only oracle I use when I need to flesh out a writing project or to put myself aside and read on MYSELF or issues at hand.