Children of the Dirt

by Lindsay on February 10, 2015

in Inspiration, Relationships

My parents were here in Toronto visiting this past weekend, and it was so wonderful to have my home filled with love and family and laughter. When they left yesterday and my daughter and I came home to an empty house, I sat down and cried; I felt so alone. My family all lives a 5-6 hour drive away. I’m single. Yes, I have my daughter. I also have an incredible network of friends I see often, with whom I share love & life, and I’m forever grateful. But sometimes? Sometimes I feel lonely. 

Have you ever felt so lonely you were certain you were the loneliest person in the world? I have a story to share with you that may (dare I say will) change your perspective.

The story is by Simon Rich and it’s called “The Children Of The Dirt.” You can listen to him tell it on NPR’s Invisibilia Podcast here.

According to Aristophanes, there were originally three sexes:

  • the children of the Moon who were half-male and half-female;
  • the children of the Sun who were fully male;
  • and the children of the Earth, who were fully female.

Everyone had four legs, four arms and two heads, and spent their days in blissful contentment. Zeus became jealous of the humans’ joy so he decided to split them all in two.

Aristophanes called this punishment the “origin of love”, because ever since, the children of the Earth, Moon and Sun have been searching the globe in a desperate bid to find their other halves. Aristophanes’ story is incomplete because there was also a fourth sex – the children of the Dirt.

Unlike the other three sexes, the children of the dirt consisted of just one half. Some were male and some were female and each had just two arms, two legs and one head.

The children of the dirt found the children of the Earth, Moon and Sun to be completely insufferable. Whenever they saw a two-headed creature walking by, talking to itself in baby-talk voices, it made them want to vomit. They hated going to parties and when there was no way to get out of one, they sat in the corner, too bitter and depressed to talk to anybody. The children of the dirt were so miserable that they invented wine and art to dull their pain. It helped a little, but not really. When Zeus went on his rampage he decided to leave the children of the dirt alone. “They’re already screwed”, he explained.

Present Day 

  • Happy gay couples descend from the children of the Sun;
  • Happy lesbian couples descend from the children of the Earth;
  • Happy straight couples descend from the children of the Moon.

But the vast majority of humans are descendants of the children of the dirt. And no matter how long they search the earth, they’ll never find what they’re looking for because there’s nobody for them, not anybody in the world.

Did that last sentence sink in? In this story, the vast majority of humans are descendants of the children of the dirt. So what does that mean? Even if you’re buried deep in your loneliness, you are not alone. And in fact, there is someone for you  all of the other children of the dirt who long for companionship, friendship and love, too.

In our loneliness, we often feel like there’s no one around who will understand us, or love us, or want to hug us, or go out for lunch with us, or any other number of “lonely person” thoughts that can eat away at us. You may think of yourself as “different from the others”. But you’re not, not at the core. We all long to connect. We all have human hearts put on this earth to love and be loved. And guess what? We all – even those surrounded by others – feel lonely sometimes.

So the next time you feel lonely, ask yourself what it would it take to help you feel less alone. I have a suggestion: Reach out to someone – an email, a smile for a stranger on the street, conversation with the grocery store clerk, call up an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a year. You may be connecting with a fellow “Child of the Dirt” and be reminded that indeed, we’re all connected, always, even in our loneliness.


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Cobwebs & Changes

by Lindsay on February 5, 2015

in Inspiration, Spirit Guides, Spirituality

download (2)If a website could collect cobwebs, The Daily Awe would be covered in them. There have been many times that I’ve contemplated blogging here, but either forgot, got distracted or didn’t feel inspired enough to hit ‘publish’. I keep a fairly active Facebook page where I post quite a bit, but only a very small number of you are over there. Facebook makes sure not everyone who ‘likes’ the page sees my posts, unless I’m willing to throw a few bucks at them, which I don’t plan to do.

It’s been nearly 5 years since I started this website, and its posts contain so much of my heart, my soul. My energy and love is knitted into the words I’ve shared on my posts, and the emotions tied to this site have been keeping me hanging on to this website, unsure of where to take it. So much growth has happened here on this corner of the Interwebs. I’ve made friends here – both near and far – who have changed my life. I have sharpened and honed my intuitive skills here. I’ve shared my life with many of you. How would I ever let go of the website that has changed my life so profoundly? I can’t. But yet – I get so embarrassed, and feel some level of anxiety, when I visit the site and remember it hasn’t been updated in half a year.

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, the short answer is “keeping busy”. Aren’t we all! The long answer? (See below)


Parenthood has shifted my focus. Whereas before I could solely focus on my development, I’m now busy ensuring another little human is developing in a healthy manner. I am a solo parent to my amazing little girl, Evelyn. She’s turning 2 this week. That means she’s growing rapidly, always moving, constantly learning and changing, and entering into the “tantrum” zone.  In her two years as my daughter, she has taught me so much. One of the things I’ve learned from Evelyn is to learn how to roll with change and let things flow as they are meant to. Letting go of control – or the façade of it – is something I learned pretty early-on into this parenting foray. Pre-parenthood, I had notions of how I would mother, the things I would do and allow, and what I wouldn’t do, wouldn’t permit. Nearly all of my notions have been tossed out the window, long-forgotten. Mothering has taught me, perhaps more than anything else, to learn to listen to my intuition and hear the whispers that is my inner guidance.


I’ve been doing readings every once in a while, when I have free time. I’ve enjoyed every reading I’ve done over the years, well over 1,000 of them. I have a particular fondness for doing Year Ahead Readings for everyone, and I especially get joy out of hearing how the readings help the folks I do them for. That never gets old. But the truth is – my heart isn’t really in it at the moment. I no longer feel like I have the energy required to dedicate to doing readings like I used to. That’s to be expected, as a solo parent with a full-time job outside of the home, my spare time is usually spent cleaning the house or crashing on the couch after a long day. The time I used to have for readings has disappeared. When this realization fell upon me, I was devastated. For years now, I’ve been dedicating much of my “free” time to doing intuitive readings, and loving it, learning from each one. It was a hard pill to swallow to admit to myself that I no longer have the energy for this. It won’t always be this way – my little one won’t always be this little. For now, though…I’m closing up shop. I will be taking the order page down for readings. I gather comfort in knowing this hiatus is temporary.

Writing my oft-thought about book

My guides have been gently nudging me towards writing a book for a couple years now. More recently, their nudges have turned to loud roars I can’t ignore. I’ve been using more of my time for writing.  It’s what I’ve been focusing my energy on, and when I get into “the zone”, the words fly through my fingers almost as if I’m being Divinely Guided (which I believe I am!). I have no real idea of where this writing will take me, but part of the joy in the journey is the unknown. Perhaps my mom and best friend will be the only ones reading my book. Or maybe some of you will, too. I don’t know, but that’s okay. What I do know is, my heart soars when I write, and that’s where I’m being guided to focus my resources on for the time being.

This is not goodbye

Not at all. In fact, in dusting off the cobwebs from this website, inspiration is already hitting. In dedicating my energy to writing, I’ll have more time to devote to sitting down, cracking my knuckles, and sharing stories with all of you.  In the meantime, please join me over on Facebook if you aren’t already over there. I’d love to chat with you there!

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