Saturday, 13 December 2014
The Tower and the Compost Heap
This quote reminds me of The Tower card in tarot. We are sometimes dealt a blow that can seem like the end of our world, as we know it.
I believe that no matter how destructive the damage of a bolt from the blue can be, there is always a chance to salvage what you can and re-build something better. Even if there is not one thing salvageable, if you have your self then you have something to re-build with.
We occasionally read an article somewhere on hugely successful people who have been plummeted to their very depths by losing everything they have through various seasons, and yet they have the determination to climb through the debris of their life and climb back up. We believe these people are the exception to the rule, but are they?
What of the ordinary wife and mother who, because of a divorce, ends up in social housing, working for minimum wage, feeling everyday is a struggle. In doing so, she instills a strong work ethic in her kids, as they decide to stick in with their education so they can take better employment.
Or the young widowed father, quitting his job to raise his kids, so in years to come, his own son is comfortable being a 'hands on' dad.
Aren't these all 'Tower moments? Making fetilizer from the 'shit' in which we can then plant seeds that will grow and flourish.
Not all 'Tower moments are this severe, it may be the reputation of the card that makes us believe, when it shows up in a spread, that we are going to lose it all. It may be that the disaster we are waiting to befall us can be that flat tyre we notice as we are leaving for work, delaying us, just long enough to miss the hold up on the motorway due to a minor collision. Or missing the bus for that all important job interview only to receive a call later that day regarding a job closer to home and with better pay and conditions.
The Tower hits when we least expect it or want it, but fearing it is not going to help. Embrace the changes it will bring. It can be so liberating when you realise all those expectations, responsibilities and social conventions no longer count and you can let go and make a new beginning, doing it your own way.
Life is meant to be an adventure, how can you enjoy the twists and turns of your story when you have your stage directions are already written, you need to use some ad lib too.