Welcome to the start of another week. Let it bring us anticipation and excitement about what will be created this week. And, to bring us our Monday Message to get us started, I have looked once again to the animal kingdom for the wisdom that will aid us. As I fan the cards from my deck of “Medicine Cards ~ The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson…one card charges to the top of the deck. That card is:
Message (paraphrased): “Elk wanders through the forest looking for a mate. Mountain Lion spots him and sees dinner. Elk senses the danger and heads for high country. Mountain Lion pursues, but Elk displays tremendous stamina. Mountain Lion gives up, his energy spent.
Elk had paced himself. He had no other defense except his ability to go the distance, setting a pace that allowed him to utilize his stamina and energy to the fullest. Elk medicine teaches that pacing yourself will increase your stamina. Elk may not be the first to arrive at a goal, but they always arrive without getting burned out.
Elk is telling you to look at how you are holding up physically to the stresses in your life, and to pace yourself so that you maintain an equilibrium of energy over the distance you plan to cover. Vitamins and high-energy foods may be one solution, along with some quiet time for replenishment.”
from The Desk of MarDrag:
This is a powerful message for the beginning of a new year. We are anticipating the start of another span of time in which we have hopes of accomplishing new things, reaching new goals, and creating a better year than the one passed. In our excitement to begin anew and create, we must remember not to “flash” and burn ourselves out before we get really started.
With the memory of the last year chasing us into this new one, we can feel an urgency to get moving, and move on too quickly or rashly. So, it would benefit us to look at our goals in the long term, to be realistic about the ground we can cover, and to be honest with ourselves about what we expect of ourselves, and what we are capable of.
Let us remember, a steady balanced pace will get us where we want to go. If we use up all our energy in the beginning of the “race”, then we burn out too quickly and often cannot make the distance that leads us to the goal we seek. Also…and quite importantly…if we set too hurried a pace, we are likely to miss important messages and clues along the way. Don’t let the fear of the past, and what we “missed” or did not accomplish in the last year, make us run head long into this year and fumble, or not have enough energy to make it to where we want to go.
And, of course, we must look to our physical health and make sure we take good care of ourselves in all the ways we know are important, so that we can count on our stamina to see us through. Be as the Elk…alert, steady, and smart about the pace he sets for himself. The goal is always there…it is up to us how we reach it.