Saturday, November 5, 2011

An Attitude Of Gratitude

This picture came my way on another social media forum and I just have to share it. I don't know it's original source but it captures such a spontaneous sense of joy. The camel and the child both seem to be sharing a great laugh.Sometimes the greatest things come right out of left field, the greatest realizations come when we are open.

I have gone back and looked at this picture a number of times in the last day or so. It reminds me that real joy isn't something we have to send in our box tops for, it doesn't come from a lot of figuring out or from possessions or status.

In Tarot, the Ten Of Cups embodies this, but it's sometimes misunderstood.
The rainbow, a beautiful force of nature, is a tricky symbol. Just going through a storm doesn't necessarily guarantee you a rainbow. They don't come on order or from a sense of entitlement. They just are. This card is about our capacity for joy and the ability to share it.


I've also experienced some storms that have been beautiful. I think the people on this card could be equally happy with a storm, or a sunset. Here in Winnipeg where you can get an old fashioned blizzard where an entire city gets shut down for a few days, you can curse about the weather or come to see the beauty in it.

I think it comes down to having an attitude of gratitude. When this card comes up in a reading it can portend a very happy outcome and a sense of fulfillment. Not JUST things working out the way we want, but that sense of openness and joy that allows us to enjoy what is usually there waiting for us.

The delightful little kid and the camel seem truly free to enjoy to enjoy themselves. Funny how so often there are those (like some kids) that have so little but that are able to see this more freely.
The more we can have gratitude for what is around us, the more we can be open to joy.