In the English-speaking world, a sundae is a luxurious dessert of ice cream topped with sweet treats like syrup, sprinkles and fruits. In Korea, a sundae is something very different. It’s a cow’s or pig’s intestines crammed with noodles, barley and pig’s blood. Next week, you’ll be faced with a decision that has metaphorical similarities to the choice between the two sundaes. Be sure you’re quite clear about the true nature of each.
The average serving of pasta on a typical American’s plate is almost 480 percent bigger than what’s recommended as a healthy portion, says the research paper “The Contribution of Expanding Portion Sizes to the U.S. Obesity Epidemic,” by Lisa R. Young and Marion Nestle.
“Children are the most desirable opponents at Scrabble,” declares Scorpio author Fran Lebowitz, “as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat.” I don’t wholeheartedly endorse that advice for you in the days ahead.
You are entering a phase when you will have more luck than usual as you try to banish parasitic influences, unworthy burdens and lost causes. Projects to work on: 1. Bid farewell to those who bring out the worst in you. 2. Heal the twisted effect an adversary has had on you.
Are you ready to be as affable as a Sagittarius, charismatic as a Leo, empathetic as a Cancerian, and vigorous an instigator as an Aries? No? You’re afraid it would require you to push yourself too far outside your comfort zone? Willing to be half as affable as a Sagittarius, half as charismatic as a Leo, half as empathetic as a Cancerian, half as inspiring an instigator as an Aries? Or even a quarter as much? At least stretch in these directions – that would let you take maximum advantage of spectacular social opportunities in the next four weeks.
In the weeks ahead, find practical ways to express your new-found freedom. The explorations and experiments you’ve enjoyed recently were fun and provocative, but it’s time to use insights they sparked to upgrade back in the daily grind.
Heavy metal band Hatebeak broadened the definition of what constitutes music. Its lead singer was Waldo, an African grey parrot. A review by Aquarius Records called Waldo’s squawks “completely and stupidly brilliant.”
Contrary to popular opinion, crime fiction author Arthur Conan Doyle never had his character Sherlock Holmes say, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” For that matter, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam” in the film Casablanca. Star Trek’s Captain Kirk never used the exact phrase “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Thoughts from Gemini author Fernando Pessoa: “The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – the longing for impossible things; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else.”
The most important thing you can do in the weeks ahead is learn how to take care of yourself better. What’s that you say? You’re too busy? You have too many appointments and obligations? I disagree.