Monday, June 24, 2013

The Right Way

Hi All!

Hope you had a great weekend.  I finally got to work on my trailer this weekend -- have it about half assembled (thanks mainly to my air ratchet!).  Only had to take it apart and reassemble about three times because I put parts in backwards or upside down -- that's way better than average for me.

Summer's in full swing in Houston -- the heat has arrived.  Hope things are bearable where you are!

Let's move on our reading this week.  We'll again pull two cards -- the first suggests a particular attribute or positive message; the second suggests ways we can best recognize this message.

We'll start with -- The Hierophant.
The Hierophant is a rule follower.  When he needs to do something, he checks "the book" to see how it's supposed to be done.  If "the book" says it, then he doesn't feel it needs changing.

This guy really bugs me because he always has an answer -- but I do have to admit ... he's correct most of the time!

The "book" got to be "the book" for a reason -- most always, it's going to give you the best chance of success.  Even if it's not the most exciting or interesting answer, it's just about always the best answer.

What this means is that we don't have to wrack our brains trying to devise new and innovative solutions to our issues -- we just need to look at what the established and accepted wisdom says about resolving our issues.

When someone says "Well, this is the accepted way of doing it", we always feel "Yeah, but that won't work for me -- my case is special."  If we're really honest about it, though, we might find out our circumstances really aren't that unique -- and we can likely take advantage of the accepted way of doing things.

Well, that's no fun -- but it'll almost always work for us.  How can we best realize this?

Let's look at our second card -- the Ten of Wands.
The Ten of Wands is a successful card -- and it's successful because of hard work.  This fellow is carrying a heavy load -- and he likely carried a heavy load yesterday and the day before.  The hard work isn't wearing him down -- because he knows he'll be succeed if he just keeps putting one foot in front of the other.  He knows his key to success is to just keep working at it.

And that's how we recognize the positive message of the Hierophant.  The Hierophant's not going to give us a quick solution, he's going to give us the best solution.  And that means we're going to have to be willing to dig in and put in the effort necessary to realize that solution.

Don't get discouraged if you don't have a quick fix -- if you can see the solution down the road waiting for you, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will arrive in the right place!

Maybe a good message for the start of a work week -- just keep doing the right thing and plugging away; you'll be okay if you do!

And that's about it for now -- hope your week goes well; I'll look forward to talking again later in the week.


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