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So ... Life is Kicking Your @$$ ... Here's Why.

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Recently, I was chatting with a dear friend. She commented on the fact that the current Full Moon (said to be an especially potent one in astrology terms) was seriously kicking her @$$. Apparently, all sorts of unexpected weirdness and emotional issues bubbled up and a significant blast from the past nearly knocked her sideways.

She was bemoaning the fact that this was all kind of overwhelming. She was asking why this "divine connection 'crap' has to be so f****** hard?!" She wondered if we choose this stuff while still in spirit and asked (with the laugh-till-you-cry emoji) "What were we thinking?????"

At least she's kept her humour about it all.

I can certainly relate to how she's feeling and I've known countless people down the years who feel the same way - although not always with as much humour as this particular beautiful friend. Sometimes life can get terribly messy and painfully ugly and it's not so easy to breeze through the bigger challenges that get thrown at us.

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But whether you're struggling with the Big Ugly Stuff or something more minor, my answer to the question of "why the hell is this happening to me?" would be the same. Essentially, it's time for you to expand, to stretch and do more, grow more, and become more.

I told my friend that a strong @$$-whooping is a compliment from the universe. It's telling you that you're capable of handling great change and a big, positive shift.

I added that it's really not an @$$-kicking. It's Mama Bird chucking Baby out of the nest and saying, "See?? You're ready to fly!" It's scary but Baby Bird flaps and freaks out and then...FLIES.

The bigger the life challenges, the more you're being asked to shift into whatever is next for you. It's not that the universe is picking on you. It's not that God has abandoned you (whatever the word "God" might mean to you).

In fact, it's quite the opposite. You've been chosen to move up in your personal and spiritual journey. It's progress! The sooner you embrace it, the easier it will be.

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Your Perspective Changes Everything

Once upon a time, there was a man who was traveling on a pleasantly warm day. He walked for many miles and eventually saw a little house at the side of the road, where there was a woman working in the garden.

"Good morning, Ma'am," the traveller called with a cheerful grin.

The woman looked up from her work. Peering at the man suspiciously from under her sunhat, she squinted in response.

"I'm just on my way to the next town," he continued without missing a beat.  "I was wondering, could you tell me, please, what kind of people I'll find when I get there?"

The woman's face puckered as if she'd just eaten acid-covered lemons. "Oh, they're awful!" she said, shaking her head in disgust.

"Really?" said the man in surprise, waiting to hear more. But the woman returned to her work in silence.

After a few moments, the man went on. "What's so awful about them?"

Frowning and pursing her lips, the woman looked up with an exasperated sigh, obviously not appreciating the interruption. "They're terrible. They're miserable, unfriendly. You can't trust 'em as far as you can throw 'em! You'd do well to stay away and go somewhere else!" she warned.

"Well!" said the man, raising his eyebrows.  "Thank you very kindly. I wish you a good day."

"It'll be just as awful as those people are! I have all this work to do, and in this blistering heat, too!" she scowled.

The man nearly disputed her comment on the weather, as it was only pleasantly warm. But he thought better of it, tipped his hat and carried on.

A little while later, he came upon another little house at the side of the road. A woman sat on her front porch, rocking in an old chair with a cat in her lap.

"Good morning, Ma'am!" he called.

"Oh, good morning to you, sir!" she called back. Gently putting the kitty on the porch, she rose and walked down the path to meet him. "I'll bet you could use a cool drink," she offered, opening the gate.

"Why, yes, Ma'am, I really could. Thank you," he replied.

"Please sit down in the shade on the porch and I'll be back in a minute," she offered, gesturing toward her chair.

The woman returned a few moments later with two tall glasses of icy lemonade, "Where are you headed, if you don't mind my asking?"

"Oh, just up the road to the next town," he replied. "Tell me, what kind of people will I find when I get there?"

"Oh, they're lovely!" the woman enthused. "Very kind and helpful! The friendliest people you could hope to meet anywhere!"

Sipping on his lemonade, the man smiled.

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