Author Archives: Barbara Meyer

The Hermit’s Journey: How do you define success?

So many of us do not feel we are ever successful. We work and work and feel like we are getting nowhere. But doing whatever we do and doing it well IS success. We do not necessarily become celebrities or even known outside of our specialized circle, but we do well with what we have and have become.

Applaud our small improvements
Recently, I read this in Chats with the Void, a comic about existentialism: One character says: “I’m honestly scared that this mediocrity is all I’m capable of…. that I’ve peaked here as this amateur…. My few successes feel so…. small.” The Void replies: “The real terror is turning successes into failures by being unable to enjoy them.” (@chatsvoid—check it out, a wonderful comic.) If we applaud all our successes, no matter how small, we can see how far we have really come.

The Hermit card
The Hermit card shows someone standing on the top of a mountain. He is often shown holding a lantern (some have a symbol inside it that shows it is illuminating Truth). He looks back to see where he has been. If we look back to see where we have been in the past, we will see how much progress we have actually made—more than we usually think.

Looking back
I tell people who are frustrated with their progress in a project or goal to look back six months and see where they were before compared to where they are now. It would be very rare that you are not at least incrementally ahead of where you were. Success is not a matter of bolts from the blue, it is a matter of small steps leading to progress. We practice and practice and see the results over time.

We may never be big names in our professions. We may never be world famous. But we get to be very good at what we do and that is all we can strive for. Enjoy what you are doing and applaud yourself as you improve. Even if you are not an expert, you are better than you once were and that is worth being proud of.

That Ace of Pentacles moment

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Chinese Proverb   Aces in tarot are new beginnings. Ace of Wands, new enterprise, or business. Ace of Cups, new love or new energy and excitement. And Ace of Pentacles is a new path opening before you.   I wanted to start something new.… Continue Reading

Why do we need to stop saying, it is what it is?

I am going to rant right now. I do not see why we need to stop saying “it is what it is.” I just read this article:  https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/26/most-embarrassingly-outdated-words-and-phrases-to-stop-using-right-now-according-to-grammar-experts.html.  The Grammar experts say (among other phrases) we should stop saying, “it is what it is.” I get it, the rest of the article talks of stop… Continue Reading

Morning Pages

I have made a new resolution to start doing Morning Pages again. Morning Pages are the brainchild of Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way. Every day you get up (a little extra early) and write in a 10×8 inch notebook whatever is in your head. You write 3 pages and stop. You don’t… Continue Reading

Trust the artist

I am in the process of having some new tunics made to go with my costume. Julia (Needlman www.julianeedlman.com) is making them with the help of a very good local fabric artist named Jennifer Smith. This last week, they perfected the basic pattern and showed me some design elements they will be using to make… Continue Reading

Eating a Frog

Many years ago, when I was still working as a Librarian, someone had pasted a funny bookmark on their locker. It showed a photo of a frog and said: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse can happen to you all day.” I loved that bookmark! I thought about it… Continue Reading