“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
This week brings all our partnerships into the forefront. Business partners. Marriage partners. Ex partners. Potential partners, political partners, clubs and teams. People we share a goal with, a vision and a certain level of commitment to. And as we all know, the key is getting along by agreeing to remain first true to ourselves as individuals and to respect our differences while collaborating. Expect compromises, discussions, agreements and a vision for the future. Expect disagreements, arguments and conflicts as both sides try to reach a consensus. But if done with a common goal in mind, with peace in mind, great breakthroughs can be achieved. Keep your cool, keep your ego aside and try and see where the other person is coming from.
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” — Indira Gandhi
Wishing everyone a week of breakthroughs, agreements and success!
From the first moment they walked in I sensed their hunger. The gnawing, growling feeling inside this couple that wasn’t satisfied and wanted more out of life. More money. A higher status. A bigger car. And all the bling they could possible have. They’d left their old life in a small town behind and were ready to make a killing in real estate in the capital. And their questions too were all about the money, always. A lot of analysis about potential business deals. Which one will work out which one will not. Which politician should they befriend. Who would pay up. Whether they’d be rich, again and again, reading after reading.
One fine day, the Wheel of Fortune appeared in their spread. Smiles were shared. And what was revealed was a lucky phase for them. A rare card, it spoke of prosperity and good luck. But, only for a short while. So it would be wiser to plan the finances better and put the surplus profits to good use and even consider sponsoring a charity they’d believe in. They laughed at the suggestion, “why should I share my hard earned wealth with the lazy scoundrels?” They left happy and sure enough the good times began to roll. Soon I heard they had moved into a spacious condo, upgraded their cars, hired more staff, and disappeared to exotic locations frequently to enjoy the money.
About two years later they returned furious. The wealth had all gone. Bad business deals cost them their luxury condo, their wife’s jewellery. They had to fire all their staff. Their children who had gotten used to the good life, refused to work. The wife was working part time nearby. The debts had piled up and the bad financial planning left them scrambling to meet ends. There was anger in their eyes “BUT YOU SAID WHEEL OF FORTUNE WAS LUCKY”
“Only for a while. What goes up, has to come down. The Wheel of Fortune always turns, sometimes it’s up for a while and then it goes down.”
They left the office bickering, grumbling, kicking things along the way while waiting for their Uber to show up.
If there’s anything the Pandemic has taught us in the last 2 years, it’s our mental and physical health. Never before have we read about, cared about or put good habits into practice. From boosting our immune system, to making sure we eat right and exercise enough, we have all understood that Nature is the best medicine. And what could be better than the Sun? Even in the Tarot, the Sun speaks of optimism, vitality, success and radiance. The more we incorporate and understand the meaning of the Sun into our daily lives, the better is our future. A little dose of Sunlight each day and we can look forward to a host of things:
Sunlight helps boost a chemical in your brain called serotonin, and that can give you more energy and help keep you calm, positive, and focused.
The sun’s UV rays help your body make Vitamin D, which is important for your bones, blood cells, and immune system.
Early morning sunlight helps promote better sleep
Even a short walk in the sunlight helps to boost the mood, fights depression and helps us live longer.
Promotes healing of skin ailments, wounds, aching bones and muscles.
Sunshine is good, but in moderation with a little sunscreen of course. And when it shows up in your weekly forecast, you can look forward to a week of better health, more laughter, good news on the work front and joy from being outdoors or among young ones. And don’t we all deserve it!
Wishing you a week full of sunshine smiles and good vibes.
When something broke I would almost always throw it away. But when I bought this little figurine I couldn’t bring myself to put it in the trash. There was something so peaceful about it, I decided to practice a little Kintsugi with some superglue, and alas no gold paint.
Kintsugi is a beautiful Japanese technique that stems from the Wabi Sabi philosophy which teaches us to embrace and accept the imperfections and flaws of living. It gives you permission to be yourself without trying to be super perfect and teaches us that all things, including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. According to Kintsugi, the marks of wear and tear and use of any object are held in high regard and considered aesthetic, thereby giving birth to this beautifully empowering and artistic concept.
Kintsugi reminds us that there is great beauty in broken things because scars tell a story. They demonstrate fortitude, wisdom, and resilience, earned through the passage of time. What’s the point in hiding a scar or a flaw, when they actually make things more beautiful and real?