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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Seventeen

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Standstill Hexagram 12

"Inferior influences sometimes prevail" Brian Browne Walker

Mother once said, when she disapproved of a friend, "rise up to your betters, rather than lower yourself to lessers".  Sounds like a real putdown but I understood her advice. I just didn't take it.

I'm reminded by this card she was right. Linda was a wonderful friend, but much older, a bad influence on a seventeen year old on a tear to get to life. Today's ten year olds seem to know and experience more than I did at seventeen.  I'm sorry for them, life arrives soon enough.

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  1. When I was ten, I played house with my dolls and I a so grateful my girls did so so too :)

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    1. I never played with dolls unless someone was visiting and they insisted. The myriad of books from the bookmobile, playing in the outdoors, or loving on my cats. and chores, always chores ;) which hurt me nawt.

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  2. Here is where I tell you misery would love company. My sisters and brothers did not like me when we were growing up. I was my Fathers favorite. I made really great grades, mostly because no one would play with me, so I turned to my books and studies. I don't know about being his favorite, he could be a mean alcoholic and I just learned to stay out of his way and would make sure my chores would be done before he asked. Mostly I was not punished the way they were because I learned to do what was expected of me. I am still mostly a loner.

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    1. So many ways to cope, and mostly we have to find the road that works the best for each of us. It isn't until much later we realize we had options...

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  3. Didn't take that advice either - result was mediocre A'levels. Excellent grades would have been a passport to a very snobby university and a whole other set of problems fitting in...

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    1. my grades were excellent, second in my class. But the school wasn't accredited because of a rubbish library. And the best advice re: future? If you are going to be a waitress be the best waitress. Went right over my head.

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    2. That doesn't surprise me! But very bad luck about the school.

      Everything I know about the education system pre 30 years ago is that there were so many unreported mistakes, blunders and unfairnesses that nowadays would make headline news. My dad enrolled at a grammar school which wasn't. My mum's school only offered CSEs (equivalent of grade C) and my uncle attended an illegal 6th form which was disbanded a month before the final exams. I've been very lucky by comparison!

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  4. I had the same sort of wild, older friend; I don't know how we didn't die in a drunken car crash. Love that saying your mother gave as advice! :)

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    1. I've heard variations on it a number of places, but she was smart in practical ways. Another that probably has a lot to do with the way I do things, I was helping paint the kitchen (around 10 or 11) and I asked why we have to paint behind the stove at all,no one would ever see it. She said "buy you'd know..."

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  5. One of my favorites decks and this image sure packs a punch! ❄️

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    1. I think I've only used it 2 times here, it was my meditation deck for many years. Beautiful deck and so is Walker's book,it is lovely to hold and use.

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I welcome your thoughts. Good bad or indifferent; opinions are the lifeblood of conversation and I always learn something from anyone with a new point of view. Thank you for visiting, Sharyn