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Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - 8:52 pm
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As the year winds down and the Saturn/Pluto conjunction gears up, it’s time to look back at how far we’ve come. Saturn is like climbing a mountain. And sometimes we get so focused on the climb, on the path, on how much farther we have to go and how we’ll get there, that we forget to take a moment to look back. 

Most of us have been climbing for at least a year now, if not more. We’re exhausted, we’re weary, we’ve got blisters on our feet and windburn on our faces. But if we take just a second, just a quick breather, we’ll see that base camp is miles behind us. So let’s look back on the year and reflect in gratitude on what we’ve accomplished.

For me, this year has been wonderful. Not perfect – there has been plenty of hard work and exhaustion. But that work has afforded remarkable opportunities, most importantly the ability to work here with all of you! I have been able to live my calling and help people, and that is its own reward. I’ve also built important new friendships, gotten many parts of my health in order, and returned to the study and learning that make my heart sing. For all its (many) trials, this has been a beautiful year.

So I invite you all to look back and see what this year has brought you. How have you moved forward? What are you grateful for?

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This is perceptive.  That conjunction is in my 12th.  What I’ve accomplished is ethereal and/or hidden from most.  It’s mostly in the spiritual realm; it has no edges.

I am grateful I did not collapse beneath all the weight. I have a much deeper understanding of the idea that God will never give you more than you can handle.

What happens is you are given more than you can handle, but you are also given extra grace that moves your lines or limits. 

In other cases, the burdens are just taken care of; like my husband’s severe oral dysplasia which showed no evidence of carcinoma OR dysplasia, when the 3.5″ lesion in his mouth was removed, eight months after the first biopsy.  ::disappear::

I’ve also learned to (consciously) never harden my heart, especially against people who do bad, even egregious wrong to me. I have this quality and I am better aware of how important it is to maintain it. My daughter is/was able to come home because I was able to carry this weight for all these years, as if there were no weight. 

This ability (Saturn Neptune) is a grace.  Really terrible things, while terrible, allow you the chance to develop and expand your capacity to love and forgive.

Really terrific question. Thank you!

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I’m grateful that I didn’t get what I thought I wanted. I went through deep despair, but after some time, I could see that every step along the way, I was receiving everything I didn’t know I needed— experiences were put into my path that taught me valuable lessons and I met many people who had something to teach me. I feel like I understand myself better- I’ve become a more centered, whole person. I’m okay with who I am and have nothing to prove and thats freeing.

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I’ve had to break down my old life and start rebuilding it. In some ways, I still see that there is a long way to go. My dental issues are still not fully resolved–I’m pacing myself. (Years ago, I had a ton of cavities filled at once, never again!) Financially and otherwise, still sense that I am not fully handling them responsibly. In Toastmasters, still not moving as efficiently through the program as I could if I’d just FOCUS. Workwise, I know I need to pick up the pace and sign up for more hours or hunt for a higher-paying job, but I’m nervous about undoing all the progress I’ve made at getting my health issues under control. And then there’s the career choices I’ve been looking at: would they make my life better or worse?

The progress I’ve made? I’m back in Toastmasters as a club member and officer. I’m doing well at work. I’m learning how to move forward without Shiny Taurus. I’m thinking again about the future and what I need to do to create it. I’ve downsized and learned to let go of a LOT. I’m learning to think and decide for myself. I feel stronger than I ever have before.

A long time ago one of my old friends said to me: “Don’t look at how far you have to go. Look at how far you’ve come.”    I need to remember that as I continue to move forward. 

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It’s a good idea to take care of your health first, because without good health the rest is not possible.

I’m rooting for you NMC, you deserve a good life & you’re working towards it – I hope and pray you will achieve your goals.

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I’m not sure that I’ve moved forward, but I am very grateful for being where I am.

I think I’m very lucky.

Sometimes (often) I worry about the future. What’s the use? Che sera sera.

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I’m grateful for my faith.

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I am grateful I will be reunited with my daughter. I thought there was a significant chance, this would never happen. 

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I’m still making progress. Today I got a tooth pulled (a molar way in the back). Grateful that it was painless–thanks to laughing gas and IV sedation–and came out pretty easily. The oral surgeon said it had lost its crown, some of its surface, but came out just fine. I’m resting now. It’s over! 🎉 🎉

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