We are going to need a strong sense of ‘why’ in the next few years….especially ‘why bother’.
Gemini collects the data through our senses and Sagittarius synthesizes it into a meaningful pattern that gives us a reason to continue. But, as many studies have shown, the data can be incomplete and even flawed thus leading to ‘incorrect’ conclusions. We only see what we focus our attention on so we might miss some important and useful information that could change things completely.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about a homeless man who sits in a chair on the street in town. His belongings are under a tarp and when it rains, he hunkers down under a large umbrella. Thinking he might appreciate a hot meal and knowing he has preferences (since I have given him food before), I thought I would ask him what he would like.
After greeting him etc. I said, “I’d like to buy you a hot meal. What would you like?” He said that since he had to go to the bathroom so badly, he didn’t want to eat anymore right now. Hmmm, I certainly did not expect THAT answer, but it made sense. So I offered a hot cup of coffee. “I don’t drink coffee,” was his reply. Of course, I had thought he was so desperate and needy he would jump at the chance to get anything. I said he could eat later….his said…”No I’ve got so much here I need to deal with, thanks.” I wished him well and went on my way. I had been pitying this guy. Now, I sort of envied him. He knew what he wanted and needed and was not settling for anything else.
He turned my perceptions upside down. But, if I had not engaged him in a dialogue I would never have had the chance to change my mind about him. I know my action took some courage, since most people fear the homeless so much they don’t even want to look at them, but now respect has replaced pity.
The next day, I realized how comfortable I have become in the area where I live. I know lots of people and even if I am alone, I run into people I know, so I get ‘face time’. I know where everything is that I need. If I were to move (as I have thought a lot about recently) I would have to spend a lot of time creating my new maze, making new friends and finding things to do. I don’t want to do that. I am satisfied where I am.
This Full Moon sheds light on the importance of continuing to ‘collect data’ and ‘create meaning’ in order to feel fully alive. Finding comfort and satisfaction is important…but it can also lead to stagnation, boredom, listlessness and futility. Although content where I am, I do, sometimes feel my light is diminishing.
Since we only perceive what we turn our attention to…for good reason….apparently we can’t handle all the data that is available, it is important to spend time setting intentions, then turn your ‘dish’ in that direction. Don’t make hasty decisions. Take time to inform yourself. On the other hand, don’t overdo it. There is a time to act. You learn a lot from acting, making mistakes then correcting and acting again in another way.
The other day my post office box was full, but none of the mail was for me. They had mistakenly placed someone else’s mail in my box. Also, one of my magazine subscriptions failed to show up, so I assumed the post office had put this rather expensive magazine in someone else’s box. I was fuming.
I emailed and called the magazine company, but since it was the weekend, I got no response. Today I called again and found out that they had a delay on their side and that all the subscriptions were behind. I should receive it in a couple of days. Before that call, I was preparing to call the post office to complain. By taking time to seek more information, I avoided an embarrassing conflict.
This highlights another aspect of seeking more information. Rather than assuming, which as we know makes an ass out of u and me we need to slow down and find out what’s really true before acting and reacting.
Our president elect, DT is a master of putting his foot in his mouth. In fact, I don’t know how he walks, talks or eats since that foot is in there most of the time. He blows up, screams, yells, etc. then has to eat his words. He is the perfect example of what not to do if ever there was one. He teaches us all to reflect and ponder on what we really want to achieve with our words before we utter them.
During this holiday season, take time to gather information and contemplate before making assumptions and acting irrationally