Work With Passion And Your Efforts Will Be Rewarded – Three of Pentacles

Reward for your hard work is coming your way!

Welcome back! It’s day 4 of my 75 day challenge which will end up being 78 days because by the time I write about 75 Tarot cards, there will only be 3 left. It wouldn’t be right to stop before the whole deck was complete! I am so glad you are here!

The card I drew for today is the Three of Pentacles. After 3 cards dealing with chaos, loss and making hasty decisions, its nice to have a less intense card today. In numerology, the number 3 is a happy number. It indicates good things, reward and positive outcomes. Nikola Tesla held the number 3 to be the most important number in all of the universe. He would only stay in hotel rooms that had a room number which could be evenly divided by the number 3. In Christianity, there is God in 3 parts, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ rose after 3 days. He had 12 disciples which is evenly divisible by 3. There are no negative connotations associated with the number 3 to my knowledge.

On the card we see a craftsmen, most likely a blacksmith, holding up one of his finished projects. There are two additional finished pieces hanging on the mantle. He appears to be very satisfied with the shield he has just completed. If you have a talent that gives you a great deal of pleasure, you know the feeling of using that talent to create something of great value. It is one of the greatest feelings in the world! Because we see that he uses his talent every day to support himself, we know that he has been honing his craft for a long period of time. Being a blacksmith is what he does for a living.

The card shows that reward will come to you as a result of using your talent. The reward could be money if you get paid for creating something or it could come in the form of public acknowledgement of your accomplishments. Whatever it is, all of your hard work will start to pay off for you. Receiving the reward will feel so good to you! You have spent a lot of time working towards this moment. Now the payoff is at hand and you deserve it!

All of life is like this. When you put in the effort and you work consistently, the reward will eventually come to you. The most important part is to not give up too soon! In the book, “Think and Grow Rich” the author tells a story of a man who bought a gold mine during the California gold rush. He worked and worked the mine with very little payoff until he decided to give up. He sold all his tools and went home feeling disgraced. The person who bought the mine from him took some time to study the conditions within the mine and altered the tunnel direction just slightly. He reached a fantastically rich vein of gold just 3 feet from where the original owner threw in the towel.

If you are passionate about something, keep working at it even if you have to do something else to pay the bills. If you have a God given talent for something – and everyone does – use your talent! Take pride in what you create. How many times have we told ourselves that what we do isn’t good enough to be successful, someone else is better at our craft than we are and so on. Why are we always so hard on ourselves? And then there is the person who randomly throws buckets of paint at a canvas and he becomes famous! What is that all about? It’s about self confidence and putting your craft out there. The paint thrower is proud of his work and shows it off! His positive attitude and enthusiasm spreads to others who see his work. Because he is willing to proudly put it out there consistently, he will attract his tribe. Whatever we do, our work will attract those who will love it and we will be rewarded.

It is so incredibly odd that I pulled this card yesterday as soon as I finished the post from yesterday. I researched the meaning and was mulling it over in my head all evening. After I went to bed, an old friend of mine who knew me when I was designing wedding dresses sent me a message. She told me she was getting married later this year and would love to have me create one of my signature gowns for her. I could not have been any more surprised! I haven’t been in the field for a few years now that I have retired but it has always been one of my favorite things to do! To me, this was the perfect affirmation that if you do what you love, you will be rewarded for your efforts.

Thanks so much for being here today! I hope to see you again tomorrow.



It’s Not All Sunshine and Roses. Sometimes there is Melancholy.

Moments with Momma – volume 4

Most of the time Mom is upbeat about her new life in SW Florida, but there have been a couple of days when she has felt differently. When questioned, she had a hard time describing what she was feeling. Then she found the word – Melancholy.

Hmmm, Melancholy. What a dark, foreboding, yet somehow romantic word. When I hear the word, I immediately think about the harsh, raw, wind blowing across the damp and dreary Scottish Moors. I feel the heaviness of the clouds as they blanket the landscape. I can feel the chill creep into the very bones of the heroines of a romantic novel as she draws her woolen shawl tightly around her shoulders. She gazes across the desolate moors thinking about the love of her life whose life was cut short as he bravely fought for the future of the kingdom, leaving her alone, heavy with his child in this lonely land.

When I asked her what her thoughts were when she was feeling melancholy, what she said actually gave credence to the above description. She talks about things that will never be again such as how she hasn’t been truly happy since my dad passed away, about how so many of her great friends have passed, how she misses doing all the things she use to be able to do that she will never be able to do again. She says it’s a heaviness in the heart. It’s not sadness or regret, just a heaviness from missing the people and things that were.

She explained to me that one of the biggest blows to a person’s life is when his/her driving privileges are taken away. It’s like stripping the person of their freedom. When Mom moved down here we all decided it was not safe for her to drive. Her reaction time has slowed and she was in a new and unfamiliar place. I am here every minute of every day to take her anywhere she wants to go whenever she wants to go but, I guess it’s just not the same.

So, the question I have been sitting with over the past few days is this: what is the lesson I can take away from these conversations? The answer? I need to be fully present every moment and to be fully engaged in everything life puts in front of me. I need to love a little deeper and express that love more openly. I need to appreciate my friends more completely. I need to never take for granted the ability to move freely and to drive. I need to notice the beautiful things around me, to drink in the fragrances of the flowers, to feel the breeze on my skin. Most importantly – I need to be so filled with gratitude for every single experience I have that I feel as light as air. I need to mentally record every experience and every moment of joy so I can look back on them in the future and be grateful.

The day will come when all of us will be in Mom’s position. We will be looking back over our lives and melancholy will fill our hearts. Time marches on, friends pass and situations change in a heartbeat. None of us know when these things will come so it’s just the most important thing in all of life to be unendingly grateful for every experience that happens today and every day.

Blessings to you, my friends. Thanks for being here with us on this journey.