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Knight of Wands — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 18, 2011

Knight of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersWhen we are young—especially as adolescents and young adults—we are in a hurry to become something. At that time, our passion for life is directed toward the future.  We can’t wait to finish school. We can’t wait to get a good job. We can’t wait to fall in love. And so we ride our passions forever looking forward.

But when we finish school, we may miss our schoolmates, the football games, or a favorite teacher. And when we get a good job, it may consume so much of our time that we never have time to relax. And when we fall in love, we may get hurt, or our love may wane and turn into a relationship taken for granted. In short, to quote Neil Gaiman, “The price of getting what you want is getting what you once wanted.”

And so we may turn our passion toward the future again, but as we get older, our energy diminishes and our optimism about the future may diminish too. So we begin to look back at our lost youth with the longing with which we used to look toward the future. But now we know that this desire can never be fulfilled, we can never go back, which causes us sadness and regret.

We may wonder what happened. Were we wrong to ride our passions? No, not at all. The problem was not that we rode our passions, it was that we didn’t realize that it was the ride itself that was important, not the destination. But it’s not too late to enjoy the ride we are on now. This applies to our life in its every detail. For example, whenever we say, “I can’t wait until …” we are deferring our happiness instead of experiencing the joy of our life right now.

So ride passionately toward the future, but always enjoy the ride as it exists in this perfect moment of now.

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