Balancing Act - Can You Have It All?
*Bonus card R + 3 of Pentacles
The Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot
This illustration is, Little Charles, from a children's book called, Lessons For Children. Lessons For Children was a popular reading primer in the late 1800’s by poet, Mrs. Anna Laetitia Barbauld. I have no idea what this particular part of the story was about, but the scene shows what appears to be a reasonably well-off family with children who are doting on their grandmother as they sit by the fire. She seems to be listening intently to the little one. Perhaps he is telling her a story. An older girl has her back to the scene as she selects a book from the shelves in front of her.
Family VS Work, Art, Accolades?
- But is this really true?
- Could “having it all” be possible, but look a little different than what you imagined?
- What are the things you really want?
- Is there a way to find balance or make them all work in concert?
- What needs to bend a little bit or give way? Sometimes letting something go a little is enough to ease the pressure without letting go all the way.
-A sculptor at his work in a monastery.
Divination Meanings: Meiter, trade, skilled labor. Usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.
Reversed: Mediocrity in work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness.
Here are some inspirational quotes to think about:
-Mr. Miyagi The Karate Kid
- Lily Tomlin
striving for perfection is demoralizing.
- Jane Park
The means by which we achieve victory
are as important as the victory itself.
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
But in different periods of time, things were rough.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life. If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home. If I am at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I am accepting a prestigious award, I am missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I am at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy.
If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel a hundred percent OK; you never get your sea legs; you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost. Something is always missing.”
--Shonda Rhimes, Writer, Director, and Producer