Recently, I’ve been working to distinguish the mission, the vision and the values of my practice as an intuitive card reader. On the one hand, it’s basic business/branding stuff. On the other, it’s a profound exercise in knowing thyself.
At the same time, I’ve also been dwelling over the best use of this blog: what to share, what not to share and everything in between.
Then a friend said to me, very wisely, that as an oracle, my role is neither to judge the signs I read, nor to judge the value they may or may not have for my readers. My role is merely to call ’em as I see ’em and let the cards fall where they may.
So today the cards fall back on the question of values and, specifically, a question I recently put to myself: what have I learned from life (and my readings), and what values would I most like to impress on my clients, my children and everyone else I care about?
In no particular order, here they are: Values, Part 1
- INTUITION: When we pay attention to non-rational sources of wisdom – whether they come through angels, cards, hunches, or our quiet inner voice – we can connect to the guidance we need to address even the most intractable challenges.
- BOLDNESS: Sometimes the most “reasonable” thing to do is the least advantageous. Sometimes the “craziest” thing is the smartest.
- DISCERNMENT: Learning the difference between when to be safe and when to risk, when to listen to the advice of others and when to follow one’s own path, can be the essence of wisdom.
- APPRECIATION: Abundance stems from taking joy in what you already have.
- COURAGE and FRIENDSHIP: One cannot live an authentic life without them.
- FINDING ONE’S OWN PATH: What works for other people doesn’t necessarily work for you.
- INTEGRITY: Being one’s word and keeping one’s promises make a difference to the people in our lives, but they make an even bigger difference to how we feel about, and see, ourselves.
- SELF-CARE: Because we can’t rely on anyone else to take care of us – or treat us with love and kindness – we must learn to take care of ourselves, treating ourselves with loving kindness.
- REST: Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
- SURRENDER: When all you can do is all you can do. Then you have to leave the rest to…God…providence…spirit…or whomever.