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30 August 2006 @ 02:40 pm
This week, Rob tells the Gemini:

In 1957, when Melba Pattillo Beals was 15 years old, she and eight other students volunteered to be the first African Americans to integrate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. For months, she and her cohorts were spat upon, beat up, and threatened with death by bigots. Her grandmother stayed awake all night holding a loaded shotgun, guarding the family home against assaults. Years later Beals wrote Warriors Don't Cry, a memoir of that traumatic time. I have a psychotherapist friend in Seattle who gives copies of this book to certain clients who are inclined to inflate their own suffering. "Read about Beals' ordeal," she tells them, "and you'll feel less overwhelmed by your own problems." That's your assignment, Gemini. Study people whose lot in life is far worse than yours. Get some perspective.

Fair enough. I actually feel quite good about my lot in life lately. Maybe not for me this week.
Miss Emeliamiss_emelia on August 30th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
It's for me this time. Layoffs, financial drama, massive organizational projects, relationship drama. It all seems pretty sucky, unless you compare it with anyone not living in California. Compared to say, Uganda, my problems are pretty damned trivial.
Noahangelbob on August 30th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
I usually check my Leo horoscope as well. It's my moon sign, and thus (perhaps) more applicable to emotional matters and affairs of the heart. Or not - Rob just makes it all up anyway. But this week, Leo gets this:

When offered a choice between dueling interpretations, you should opt for elegant and generous stories over vulgar, boring, and unimaginative tales. While the no-nonsense, just-the-facts approach may seem to explain everything just fine, I assure you that there will always be catalytic enigmas lurking beneath the surface. This is one time when poet John Keats' rule will be in full effect: "If something is not beautiful, it is probably not true." Transcend the obvious, please. Rebel against the ravaging numbness of plain old everyday ugliness.

*This* might be more applicable to me.