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Earning It

By Hecate

[Snip] It’s generally true of life (especially women’s lives) in the 21st Century, and it’s doubly true in cities such as Washington, D.C., that we’re all Just. Too. Busy. People here take their careers very seriously. Add in family, a home, some exercise, a commute, and you’ve already used up many of the twenty-four hours in a day. Finding time to devote to a spiritual practice is tough and it requires, like anything else important and life-changing, prioritization. “Prioritization” is really a nice-sounding word for the rather unpleasant ability to say “no” to many of the million-and-one other interesting, worthwhile, fun activities available. There are only so many hours in a day, only four weekends a month. No matter what those women’s magazines told us in the 80s, you can’t do it all. No, not even you; no, not even with the best time-management system in the world. Most of us can, with effort and Will, do a few things well. Or we can do a lot of things not so well.

And that’s hard, isn’t it? Harsh. It’s not what we want to hear. There are so many shiny things out there and Americans, especially, grow up believing that we’re entitled to all of it. It sounds limiting. Inflexible. But, as Hedge Witch points out, if you want the benefits of a spiritual practice, if you want to do deep and important magic, then you have to be willing to do the work. You have to be willing to find the time to do the work and that means that you’re not going to have that block of time to devote to learning Italian, taking fencing lessons, making murals, and working in three or four community groups.

So, it’s harsh, but it’s the truth.

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