Reverb12: Wisdom

(For the past two years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, added a few from other sources, and created my own month of questions.)

Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

I decided to fight the summer blues by signing up for a class. I often drown in all the unscheduled time of the summer months, and it takes a toll on my mood. This year, I wanted to be proactive. Ask and you shall receive, right? My favorite metaphysical shop was having an introductory tarot class for 6 weeks right in the middle of the summer. I signed up in a heartbeat, ordered a new deck of cards I’d been drooling over and made the hour drive for 6 weeks straight.

It was fantastic. It reminded me that I love, love, love tarot cards. It reminded me that I am actually really experienced with tarot reading. Seriously! I know my stuff. It also showed me that there is always a new way to look at an old image. This is one topic I will never be done with and that is quite comforting. For 6 weeks I reveled in the lovely gift I’d given myself.

If that had been it, it would have been enough. Unexpectedly, however, it taught me more about my actual job than my fantasy of reading tarot cards out of a gypsy wagon. Over and over when the professional reader teaching the course talked about her experiences you could have replaced the word ‘reading’ with ‘counseling’ and I could have been at a professional conference for my profession. It gave me enormous insight into my day job – how to set boundaries, how to help people ask the right question, and how to guide people to a healthy decision. Counselors aren’t all that different from tarot readers, really. We both deal with people who have come to us because they are unwilling or unable to deal with their own problems. We both deal with people who can’t set boundaries. We both deal with issues of mental illness, depression, and abuse. We both get down in the muck of human relationships, see people’s decision making up close and have to go home at the end of the day without everyone else’s garbage clinging to us.

It was a wise decision to sign up for a class over the summer. I am going to do that every year. It absolutely fights the summer blues. It was wise on a deeper level, however, to sign up for that exact class as I really needed some of those skills and have not been taught them before. I think the class really helped me in my work in the second half of the year.

PS. Last year I wrote this.

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