Cards for the Day: 10 of Swords/Reversed 2 of Pentacles: Have You Dropped a Ball? Don’t Make Matters Worse with Negative Self-Talk

Once again, I’ve accidentally drawn two cards for the day instead of one. But when you see a dramatic (or melodramatic?) card like the Ten of Swords (which is not as bad as it looks!), it’s nice to have a second card to give us some hint as to what is going on.

We all spend our lives juggling all sorts of projects and commitments. At times, and today is one of those times, the number of balls in the air can get to be too much. We start to feel overwhelmed, and chances are, one of those balls is going to drop. If the ball that drops is financial, and happens to be the one ball that makes us late in paying our rent, it could be that we will end up feeling like the Ten of Swords. I’m sorry to mix metaphors, but it may feel like the last straw (or the last sword!) that broke the camel’s back. We might even have literal back pain and want to stay in bed all day.

If you feel like you are about to drop a ball, my advice is: take this weekend to get organized. Put a ball or two down, if you can, so that you can focus on the important ones. If you have already dropped a ball, and you feel as though you can never recover (Ten of Swords), bear in mind that those ten swords are not real. (If they were–science moment!–they could never stand up in your body like that, they would topple over–you’re welcome.) The ten swords are the defeatist negative self talk that is going around in circle in your brain. It’s hard to defuse that kind of negativity, but find a way to do it, one step at a time. (Just pretend you are Uma Thurman coming out of a coma in Kill Bill part 1–yes, that’s a little melodramatic, but this card is all about melodrama). Take some time for self care and try to stop punishing yourself. You’re not quite dead, yet.

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