Everything external is actually internal.
Think about the best things in your life. The things that feel like home. The things that fulfill you, sustain you, nourish you – emotionally and financially. Think about the stable, consistent things you’ve built and how long it took to get where you are now. Those things came from a combination of consistent, dedicated work and pure luck. Divine timing. Destiny. Fate. Call it whatever you want. Things don’t always happen when you expect them to or want them to but they always happen when they should if you’ve done the work to create the environment for growth. (7 of Pentacles)
The problem with doing the day-to-day grind to create that environment for growth is that it’s not externally rewarding. No one is clapping and cheering for you while you toil away. You have to motivate yourself and take ownership of your actions. You can’t expect other people to affirm you. If they do, great, but you need to stop fighting for external approval. (5 of Swords)
Take a step back from the microscopic view of your life and appreciate everything that’s in motion and how long it’s been building. Grab a thread and trace back how many years it took to get where you are. Revel in how many turns your path took and how you couldn’t have planned what happened but it turned out perfectly anyway. That’s life. Staying on course requires thousands of tiny adjustments rather than big, sudden ones. (8 of Wands)
Those tiny adjustments come from keeping an open dialog with your thoughts and emotions. No matter how long you’ve been working on your mindset and mindfulness there will always be new thoughts that you need to investigate. This work is never done. When conflicts arise or you feel yourself getting upset about expectations you have of others, you have an opportunity to adjust. Dig into why these feelings are coming up, what need is being triggered, and what responsibility you have in the situation. What resolution will make you stronger and keep you on course? (Page of Cups)