My Dad was fond of the old saying, "There's only two things you can count on : death and taxes." Today I am sitting down, finally, to do my taxes and as I started to pull out all of the paper work, that saying popped into my head. I thought to myself, "Gee, if that's all we have to count on, what's the point of getting up in the morning?" So I shoved the papers aside (just for a little while - I'm "counting" on myself to get it done today), and decided to make a list of other things we can count on that are perhaps a little more uplifting and provide us with a reason to feel good about life:
1. The sun always comes up every day even when it's raining.
2. The seasons always follow one after the other in order (okay winter seemed a bit
longer this year but Spring did finally get here).
3. If we plant a seed in the garden, and nourish it, and give it light, it will grow.
4. If we plant an intention in our heart, and nourish it, and give it light and love,
it will manifest in our lives.
No, I did not slip that last one in just to see if you were paying attention. I know this to be true in my life, as true as numbers 1-3. Sometimes things took longer to manifest because I did not nourish the intention, or I did not give it enough light (attention), or I did not prepare the soil by believing in myself, but as long as I kept weeding out what no longer served me and fertilized it with love and determination, something did grow. It didn't always look like I thought it would and sometimes it was even better than I had envisioned. In fact, sometimes it was completely different from anything I could have imagined and that turned out to be what was in my highest good.
So here's the scoop: there is no one who will have your back and be your biggest cheerleader more than you. When you realize that you can count on yourself to keep moving in the direction of your dreams, there is nothing that you cannot be, do or have, and while you're on your journey, you can count on the fact that the sun will always come up in the morning, that spring will always follow winter, and that your garden will blossom as long as you continue to believe in yourself.
And so it is.
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