For our first card, we have 'Beg'. While the word seems pejorative, what the image conjures for me is the willingness to ask for what we want. The dog uses whatever communicative abilities are in his repertoire to get the message across. And he also knows that asking nicely gets you more than being grumpy about it :D So we get the big, brown eyes, floppy ears and goofy grin as Albus Dumbledog presents us with his request.
Another thing this reminds me of is the fact that dogs actually know what they want. I have to admit, I'm so often in two, three or four minds about something, I wouldn't know what to ask for!
Emily describes this card rather differently. She says: "we might ask ourselves whether we are being similarly undignified in our pursuit of our desires, and whether or not it's worth it."
I'll stick with my perspective, for today. My mother always told me: "If you don't ask, you don't get!" Still, this remains a tough one for me. As well as often being unsure what I want, even when I figure it out there are always the thoughts: "I know they want X, and that's in conflict with what I want, so better just not to ask." "How embarrassing, they'll think me needy/clingy/stupid." Really, though, what it often comes down to is: "I don't really deserve it."
What would it be like, though, to just say, "This is what I'd like"? Okay, today I will try to express myself clearly and without shame.
I am grateful for the reminder that the worst that can happen is someone will say no.