DependabilityPosted: December 22, 2012
Dependability is that quality of sureness which makes folks know that the task assigned will be accomplished, that the promise made will be kept, a golden quality — but to be effective it must be accompanied by at least a moderate amount of something to give and a pleasant manner of giving.
~ Clarissa A. Beesley, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 1925
Yesterday I pulled out a deck of Tarot cards (the Rider-Waite deck, for those inquiring minds that might want to know). I have several decks, but the Rider-Waite, my first, is the one I usually go to when it has been a long time since I looked at the cards. For quite a while I’ve thought about using the Tarot as the basis for a series of photographs. The trouble is, thinking about it is pretty much all I’ve done with idea.
I shuffled the deck, not sure why I pulled it out, and then decided to randomly choose ten cards with the notion of, oh, I don’t know. Maybe seeing what they inspired photographically. After pulling the cards, I put the rest of the deck away and set aside the ten cards without looking at them. Today I looked at the first card with the thought in mind that I’ll look at one each Saturday and see what I can make of it.
One thing I won’t make of it is a long-term promise to continue. That’s why I picked ten cards. It limits the project. I’m not exactly the picture of dependability when it comes to projects of this nature. I start out with lots of enthusiasm and excitement. Then the muse who inspired me becomes a snowbird and flies south for the winter, leaving me wondering why I started in the first place. Ten seems do-able, and there is always the option to continue.
The first card out of the deck for this short-term project is the King of Pentacles. When I saw it, I thought of M because the King of Pentacles and M are, in fact, pictures of dependability. The King also reminds me a bit of the Ghost of Christmas Present from A Christmas Carol. Something about his robe and the vines decorating the card bring that particular spirit to mind. Or maybe it’s just the season for thoughts of that nature appear. In readings, the court cards (Kings, Queens, etc.) can represent a person, but they also symbolize attributes or actions you should take.
I’ll give the King some thought over the next few days. He’s the kind of guy that meets his commitments and promises. Reliable. Competent. He’s not all work and no play. He’s also someone who enjoys life, knows how to relax, and has a closeness to nature. I may consult Ye Olde Archives because I already have an image in mind, although I’m not sure it’s one that exists in my collection.
Dependability is more important than talent. Dependability is a talent, and it is a talent all can have. It makes no difference how much ability we possess if we are not responsible and dependable.
~ Floyd L. Bennett, Saints’ Herald, Independence, Mo., Oct. 12, 1953
In other news…
The snow event didn’t bring us enough accumulation for cross-country skiing. Ah well. Perhaps the next round will. We did get a nice covering, although the wind blew so much of it around that I’m pretty sure there must be a huge snowdrift sitting somewhere east of here, a place where all the snow ended up after the wind settled.
I reckon that’s it from the Bogs on this cold Saturday. The wind is finally dying down a bit so it might be a good time to take a stroll around the pond. Be sure to bundle up. Even without the wind, it’s chilly. Have a look around the edges of the pond. Ice is forming into little jewels clinging to the plants that ended up in the water as a result of all the rain we’ve had over the past month or two that brought the pond back up to the usual level.
Wishing you a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.