Guard Your Own Threshold (My Creepy Crawly Road Trip, Part 3)

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For those of you who have been reading the blog this month, I am still on my road trip with my dog Sophie, and hopefully I am on track for overcoming the creepy crawly scourge we have encountered since day one, Feb 25, of bed bugs, hair and body lice, and tiny brown mites… oh yeah, and possibly dog mites too. My body as well as Sophie’s show the scars of the engagement. I am using lotions, meds and showers to try to regain a  balance, and today (yay) I am taking Sophie to a vet who will know what to do. (Previous vets have not found the root of the problem since her mites are burrowed, not actively moving about.)

The hopeful turning point phase began about six nights ago when I started taping rolls of sticky lint paper at the bottom of the bathroom door to sleep protected in there, keeping the mites in the bedroom. Then I realized turnabout is fair play, as I have now become the threshold guardian of my own and my dog companion Sophie’s bodies/ skins. Four nights ago while waiting for an Orkin treatment to be fully effective, I went out to Walmart, bought two tarps and a mummy sleeping bag and I  slept one night at least on the bed again, free of the tiny brown ones.

Yet even the next night a new patrol of tiny white specks  cropped up from apparently the fibers of the freshly laundered sleeping bag, nipping where they appeared. I almost succumbed to total surrender at this latest foray, but I got up, took a shower and used that magical wand of a lint roller to start picking these critters up as they surfaced. I continue that vigilance since moving to a hotel.

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Guarding your own threshold means stand up for yourself against all would be attackers who seek to feed off of your own good nature and integrity. You have a right to the sanctity of your own personhood and space. “One’s freedom ends where another’s begins” is a spiritual principle as stated by Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar. I get it now; that works in both directions.

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On a happier note, I had two wonderful days meeting with the team of publicists from Scribes Unlimited, Paula and Paul, this past two days, as we are preparing to  launch and make available to the general public my book, Your Life Path, with its related life mapping services. Pretty soon you will be able to link from this blog to an interactive site about Life Path Mapping, podcasts and all!

I welcome all of  your comments, help…,and stories.

Creepy Crawly Threshold Guardians

 

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It’s never easy, is it, when you are persisting toward a major goal? Yet so worthwhile!

Currently I am on a one month writing retreat and scouting visit to the area I will retire to in about 16 months. But Sunday, I experienced a reprisal of bug bites apparently from the hotel on my first night of the road trip. This time the bites were from under a sleeve of a shirt that was not packed in the luggage used at the hotel, but in an adjacent duffle bag in the car. So I washed and disinfected everything I could. Yet the next day while putting a laundered mattress cover back onto a bed, another patch of apparent bites suddenly appeared!

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Ironically through this adversity which I see as a Threshold Guardian moment, I have been working even harder at the computer, moving forward with my final manuscript formatting and editing. The work is interspersed with dealing with the issue, for sure, because I feel responsible to do all that I can to protect my health, my dog, and the house I’m renting. But when I get to the computer, I welcome the opportunity to focus on this task of love and care.

Here are some common sayings about Threshold Guardians:

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”;

“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”; and

“The darkest night is always before the dawn.”

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So often in fiction as in life, to succeed we must encounter and overcome obstacles. Persistence in the face of adversity brings greater clarity, determination and focus.

I welcome your Comments and Stories!

Next time: Naysayers