Monday, September 30, 2013

10/1/13—Trying Something New

Today's Draw: Ship in the House of Sun from the Le Newbie Lenormand by Jera Babylon Rootweaver and the Deck of Lenormand Houses by moi. Is there something you've been trying to change, but just haven't been successful at changing? Are you trying old ways that haven't worked in the past? What can you do differently this time that could make a difference?

The Le Newbie Lenormand is the newest of a very few decks made for beginners with keywords right on the card. Another is the Under the Roses Lenormand, which is sold out. And then there's my Keywordy Lenormand. These are the only ones I'm aware of and they're immensely helpful for those wanting to the Lenormand system without having to memorize all the card meanings first. 

While the Ship card is usually about travel, my go-to personal meaning for the card is "departure". So this combo can be read as meaning that now is a good time to find success through travel. Or, as I'm going to be using it today, it can mean that doing something different will bring you success.

You've probably heard the saying "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". That's what I think "departure" is trying to tell us about success (the Sun). That right now, success is best found by doing something different. 

Ten years ago I really took this saying to heart while I was trying to quit smoking. I had tried to quit for 10 years, mostly doing the same thing over and over again. So the last two attempts I made, I did something different. For the first one, I incorporated social media and found a support group online. To that date, it was my most successful quit ever—5 months. Then two months after I screwed that quit up, I decided to try again. So I searched for something I could do differently and I found it. I tried the nicotine lozenge as a helper. I'd tried every other form of nicotine replacement but that. I also promised myself I'd never smoke again, no matter what. I'd always had a contingency before (like "if I find out I'm dying I can smoke"). The result? Next month will mark my 10-year anniversary without nicotine.

This isn't about smoking, though. It's about anything you've been trying to change in your life, but haven't been able to pull off....losing weight, quitting drinking, leaving your partner, changing careers, learning to say "no". Examine your failed attempts from the past and figure out a way of doing it differently this time. It doesn't have to be a total makeover or huge change. Just try changing one thing. Sooner or later you'll find the right combination of tactics that works for you!

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