Messages everywhere!.. But who has time to listen?

My Totem had a message for me……

So once you make a decision to listen more earnestly to your inner longing, create new expectations, make major shifts,…..the challenges arise.
My life’s experiences have taught me that the Universe is always listening… and is always speaking to me.  As a matter of fact, the “Universe” is always desperately trying to get the attention of each and every one of us!
We take the methods for granted, write them off as coincidences, accidents or merely our imagination, but let’s be honest,.. sometimes, deep down we JUST KNOW.  Every one of us is inherently intuitive. We just don’t trust ourselves enough to look for it. We are blind to how quickly our questions are anwered, how immediately our guidance comforts us, or notice that we instinctively feel into the most ideal choice when presented with many.
So when our focus is set to fine tune our objectives, set goals and achieve milestones, it is then that unforseen “challenges” knock us flat on our lovely derriers.   What do we do to keep upright?
It’s so very easy to get hard on ourselves.  Tough love comes up and internal disciplines rattle on in our brains about how we should be sucking it up, moving faster, being more productive and why on earth did we let ourselves get derailed in the first place?!
Ssshhhhh……… mhmmmm.  Sshhh.  Sweet childhood flashbacks of youthful frivolity and inate safety roll through me like a warm chocolate bubble bath.  Ahhhh, that felt so yummy!  Can I stay here?  Uh,…nope!   Back in the saddle again, nose to the grindstone, tasks at hand, people to please… go, go go!
As I raced down the street, multi-tasking and purposeful I nearly run over a small family of deer, leeping unexpectedly into the road!  Whoa!  Good grief!  Good thing I am a skilled driver and was looking… that was certainly inconvenient!  Upward and onward!
And then a very similar scenario took place two more times in less than 72 hours.
Yes, I live in a heavily wooded area of the triangle, but when the Universe masquerading as chance places a symbolic message in front of me that many times in short order, it’s what many refer to and I like to call, a totem.
It’s a message from the Universe, using the only tools the Universe has to get our attention in a physical world,… the world itself.  Animal totems were highly regarded and deeply understood by native people and were taken into account when brought to attention in a profound way.  Now don’t go looking up totem meanings for your pet shih zhu because you may have tripped over her in the night.  This is where intuition comes in.  You instictively know when an event or symbol out of the ordinary shows up for you.
So, the message of the deer is as follows:  “Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, with grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understand what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, and ability to sacrifice for the higher good and see alternative paths to a goal .
From the deer we can learn that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps us understand the true meaning of wholeness.
Deer has entered your life to help you walk the path of love with full consciousness and awareness, to know that love sometimes requires caring and protection, not only in how we love others, but also in how we love ourselves.
People with this power animal are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often seeming to possess well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening, to be somewhere else. Anyone with power animal has latent clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. 
Deer teaches us to be gentle, to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives. Don’t push people to change, rather gently nudge them in right direction, with the love that comes from deer. Love and accept people as they are. The balance of true power lays in love and compassion.
When a Deer totem enters your world, a new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened. New adventures are just around the corner and there will be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.”
So the generous guidance, that is mine, attempted to speak to me with the loving and gentle rush of innocent memory but I only basked in the feeling momentarily and missed the depth of the message.  Three near fatal encounters with the local deer population and I am finally waking up to clear the mental fog and listen.
Yes, the goals that I set and the milestones that I achieve are very important.  But what is equally necessary is for me to be mindful of the process with patience and gentleness.  I am blessed to hold the innocence alive within me and mirror the same acceptance of imperfection and unconditional love I aspire for within myself, to all those journeying around me.  I am lovingly cautioned to trust my intuition and embrace the messages it holds for me.
Challenges will arise.  Events may derail me.  My heart may sink with frustration, fear of failure, pain of loss.  And,.. all the while, I am supported.  If I will but only listen.