Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Ten of Hearts
We measure time in 10-year blocks, or decades. The 1960s are known as a time of change and progress for America. When people think of the 1970s, they remember the music and the fashion. The 1980s are recognized for the beginning of the technology era. Things that are now common were introduced during this period - microwaves, cellular phones, etc. Technological innovation exploded during the 1990s. We all got on the information superhighway and can no longer remember how we got information before the Internet. The first decade of the new millennium was 2000 (Y2K) - 2009. It will always be associated with September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina. Unquestionably, these were two of the most horrific events in our history.
However, there were good things that happened during the last decade. Maybe you got married, had a baby, or graduated from school. The Ten of Hearts will be used to represent those things that blessed our hearts in the last 10 years. Often times, attention is given to those
people, occasions, and things that break our hearts. This week, the Ten of Hearts can be used as a mirror to reflect happy memories. Deal the card to someone to remind them of a good time that you experienced together.
It might be helpful to look through your photo albums or digital picture files. The images can remind you of some of the fun and positive events that you attended or hosted. You may have heard the saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words". I have a friend who was an avid photographer and she used to put captions with each picture. Her narrative always helped to put context around the snapshots. Another activity that may put a smile on your face is reading old greeting and holiday cards that you have received in the last 10 years. They are evidence that others were thinking of you and wishing you well.
As you look back over the last decade, remember the laughter, celebrations, and victories. Hopefully, they will bring a smile to your face and encourage you to look forward to the new opportunities that will present themselves in this decade. Recognize when these moments arise and take advantage of them. They will be important contributions to the next chapter in your life. You are the author of your 2010-2019 story.