Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five of Swords - Acceptance

I have hairy toes! I've never admitted this publically, but I've come to accept it, and no, I am not a hobbit. But even if I was a hobbit, I'd have to accept this too.

We all have to accept our limitations of what we can and cannot do. This is what the Five of Swords represents.
It can be difficult to understand or empathize with another person's struggle in life, unless we have had a similar experience, or unless we have walked their path, or seen the world through their eyes.

 Many of us experience rejection for one reason or another. It may be for the way we look, how much money we make, our race or religion, who we are related to, or what side of the tracks we grew up on.
The worst form of rejection I would say, is not being able to accept ourselves, the positive and the negative aspects of our personality and circumstance.

I have come to believe that acceptance is the key happiness. It enables us to understand, and to come to terms with people, places and things. When we can accept, and love ourselves, we become real like the Velveteen Rabbit.

 “Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit


Las Magas said...

Hi Catherine! Excellent post! I love it! It's so deep your message and I agree. First things first, we have to be honest with ourselves and accept we are not perfect and we all have limitations, it's a good beginning :) Muchas Estrellas desde Buenos Aires, amiga!!!

Ellen said...

Same card today!!
"The worst form of rejection I would say, is not being able to accept ourselves". I am happy to notice, although I get a bit squeaky in the joints and my skin is less tight than years ago I get more real every day. And reading posts like this is helping me a lot
Thank you!

Unknown said...

Too funny Ellen...we are on the same psychic network again! Lol
Yes I'm extra squeaky this week. Time for a lube job!

Thank you Ellen!

Unknown said...

I feel for people who are perfectionists. You never measure up to an image and always fall short. And an image is not real!

Thank you LM!

thesycamoretree said...

I went to a podiatrist years ago because of foot pain, and the first thing the nurse did was check to see if I had hair on my toes. She said it was a good sign if you did, because that meant you had good circulation in your feet. So celebrate those hairy toes! :)

Unknown said...

Well that's darn good news Bev, after the 'hairy' day yesterday I had!

Neopagan Priestess said...

Tee hee, I have hairy toes, too. Not sure it's proof of good circulation, tho… Loved the bit from the Velveteen Rabbit: "You become… it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept." Powerful stuff :)

Unknown said...

Well that's it! We are going to have to start our own Hairy Toed Heroine Movement!