“I feel exhausted,” my friend, Susan, said.
“Any way I can help?” I asked.
“I’m not sure. I continue to tell myself, ‘Just put one foot in front of the other,’” she said.
Later, I reflected on the idea that on some “dark days,” we need to just keep moving.
Here are three insights.
- Keep moving forward slowly and steadily.
Have you noticed on some days it takes every bit of energy that you have just to keep moving forward? You’d like to get more done. You also would like to feel better. But some dark days require us to only endure. To endure we keep taking steps forward. Let’s realize that the God and Goddess are with us, and They see the whole picture. On some dark days just moving forward slowly and steadily is a heroic act. The God and Goddess give us full credit for all our good intentions and our moving forward slowly and steadily.
- Let go of your baggage.
Some time ago, I was working on a flyer. I really wanted to accomplish a certain shading for part of it. Somehow the application was just not working. At that moment I just really wanted to perfect this. But then I remembered something that a spiritual elder had brought to my attention. The idea was: Nonattachment means holding preferences and not demands. So, this moment was an opportunity for me to let go of my baggage. It was a time for me to let go of a demand on myself to do “perfect work.”
My feeling had been that my work was a reflection of my identity. If the work was imperfect, then there was something wrong with me. But then I realized if the flyer works well enough, and I don’t attach it to my identity, then I can experience a form of freedom. When you let go of your baggage, it’s possible for you to experience some freedom.
- Hear different layers of what the Goddess is saying.
At one point, I saw these two phrases from The Charge of the Goddess to be in opposition to each other.
1. “Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.”
2. “I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal…”
At first glance, I saw the first phrase to be supporting the idea of perfectionism. Then, I saw the second phrase as something that is comforting. Eventually, I realized that both ideas can come together. It does not have to be this one or that one.
To combine the ideas, the meaning could be:
Keep moving forward. Do not give up. And all along the way, the Gracious Goddess will support you and give you the gift of joy unto your heart. Her comfort includes that you are more than this current project or work. You are the spirit eternal. And that’s what is important.
May these insights support your path.
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