"Most wizard children are home educated before Hogwarts because they cannot be trusted to keep their magical abilities hidden from muggle schoolmates." (paraphrased J.K.Rowling)
I am glad that you started packing your saddlebag for our journey yesterday. How was it? Was it tough to decide what to take? What is most important? What is Non-Essential?
The Essential Elements of my dreams are thus:
While I would love to buy a house by the water, it can not be my main focus, because of current constraints, how'ere, it is a dream that I hold dear, and put it as a prize for the end. But more to the point of my need is SPACE. and INDEPENDENCE. Harry won't like it, but he's got to keep with the plan and allow me to live within my space here. Next week, I will work on the office (shared space) so that I can CREATE more freely. CREATING is what I need to focus on. Creating goes into my saddlebag. Along with LOVE. Love for myself, love for my home, music, family, friends, and this Earth that we traverse.
MUSIC and SPIRITUALITY also go into my saddlebag. I have the urge to perform, to DO, to build, to speak, to sing, to pray and for others to continue on their life's quest for the same.
WRITING is so important to me. Digging and inventing and creating some story from fact or fiction. It's likely that I won't get rich from it. But do it, I must. I also put into my saddlebag, FRIENDSHIP. I do so like the company of like minded individuals to ponder, muse, laugh, share, learn together. LUST is something that I must have in my life. Lust for life and lust for living. (ok, so Lust for men is also a boon. I'm such a giver :)
ADVENTURE is a must for me. Whether it be travel abroad or local, I need to keep being adventurous. I adore large places of worship (Churches, Cathedrals, Temples) and of nobility (Castles, Mansions). I need to seek them out and enjoy them, learn from them. LEADER/TEACHER. I have always seemed to be a bit of a leader. From childhood, to class president, Phi Theta Kappa, summa cum laude, to many club start ups, lead singer to front person at gigs. I need to be a bit of a teacher. I need to impart what I know for other's edification (or as a terrible warning to others :) I also need to give the gift of EMPOWERMENT to others and have them feel that they can do anything they set their mind to. Life is short. Do it now.
And last but not least, GENEROSITY. I need to give. Not necessarily in money or gifts, but from the heart and soul. I've always been this way, with readings, friendships, food, advice, love, orgasms :) Whatever. As I've been told recently, "I am a giver."
So my tool kit consists of these important bits:
Yes, I've been hurt. Who hasn't?
The essence of what we are- CAN be manipulated and abused by others.
It is a chance that we take when we do the offering. It's a risk we take in being ourselves.
How'ere, the sin lies within them, and not us, if there is any abuse or manipulation.
It does not mean that we should stop being ourselves, it means that we should stop being around them.
Sometimes your travel partners need to go on a different path than you, even if they told you that they were going in the same direction at first. Plans change. People change..
It doesn't mean that your path is wrong for you.
It was wrong for them.
And it is wrong for anyone to go down a path, for the sake of others. It is YOUR path.
YOU must chose your own path. You may lead others onto better roads, but they do the choosing of their own journey. If they choose the highwayman's path, advise them, warn them, pray for them and let them GO.
I choose to walk my path with INTENTION.
How will we get to where we want to go, if we do not know where we want to end up?
Like the saying says, "When you don't know where you are going, every path will lead you there."
So, we have our tools, our saddlebags are filled with choice belongings for our trip.
Now, comes the trip planning. Where are we going?
Using our dreams from the beginning....
and our toolkit is at the ready, we need to plan a destination.
It may not be our final destination, of ultimate joy and sensation, but it will be a stop along the way.
Our first travel point, perhaps. Like a block of mileage and a pit stop on the thruway :)
What will you shoot for, given the direction, the destination, for this month ahead?
In other words:
What can I do, to advance my Wizards Journey over the next Month?
You don't have to do ANYTHING about it today.
Just think on your direction and make a Map Quest Plan.