Ever feel sort of squashed in the middle of a whole bunch of competing needs, wants or demands? Do you feel pulled in multiple directions by multiple parties with multiple considerations?
What’s more, each of the various considerations may be perfectly reasonable. They can seem to contradict one another and leave you feeling strung out and confused, unsure of how you can simultaneously answer all those needs.
Spoiler alert: you can’t. But that’s not your job.
Just like they say too many cooks spoil the broth? Well, too many demands muddy the choices.
If this seems familiar, please know you’re not alone by a long shot. And I know firsthand it’s no fun. But listen up, friends. Tarot delivers advice!
Next Week in Tarot
Outlook is the Page of Swords (here, Air), with advice coming from the reversed Ten of Pentacles (or Earth). Cards pictured from the Good Tarot deck. I’ve been reaching for this deck of late because I am in the mood for a gentle, kindly voice. It delivers.
A kindly voice is a real asset right now, be it coming from your own mouth or those you choose to surround yourself with.
When this particular page appears, ideas are put into words. The theoretical becomes concrete. Agreements or expectations become less implied and more explicit. What may have been intangible for a long time becomes tangible now.
The week ahead should convey much less murk, but more definition. You can expect to gain a clearer picture of what’s in front of you, for good or ill. (Like as not, a little of both.)
For advice, a reversed Ten of Pentacles would say, “Yes, the money is one consideration and the feelings of your family, another. But beyond that, don’t forget YOU matter. Your needs and desires take precedence over exclusively financial or family concerns.”
In short: whatever you do needs to work for you, too.
When you’re moving through the week and ticking off this box and that to satisfy this one or that one? Please don’t skip your own boxes. Tend to those first, actually.
Your boxes, YOUR job. Their boxes, their job.
When we try to make decisions to appease everyone else, it doesn’t go well. There are too many permutations, too many moving parts. Our own needs and agency get eaten up in the process.
I’m not saying you won’t care about others. Of course you do! I’m saying you need to keep driving your own car, in your own lane as much as possible.
I fully realize this is easier said than done. I do.
But whatever steps you can take to prioritize your own needs and whatever faith you can muster in others that they will satisfy theirs? Very, very helpful.
I know it can be sticky. But do the best you can. It’s part of the evolution of solutions that work well for everyone.
Hang in there, friends, and make sure your life and choices continue to work for you. It will help.