As far as I know, there’s been only one battleship in all of history named for a poet. A hundred years ago, the Italian navy manufactured a dreadnought with triple-gun turrets, calling it Dante Alighieri, after the medieval genius who wrote Divine Comedy.
A teenage Pakistani boy decided he wanted to help his country’s government clean up the local Internet. Ghazi Muhammad Abdullah made a list of over 780,000 porn sites and sent it to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Big job! Hard work! I’d love you to summon similar levels of passion and diligence as you work on behalf of your favorite cause. The weeks ahead are prime time to get excited about changes you’d like to help create.
If you go to a convenience store and order a Double Big Gulp drink, be prepared to absorb 40 teaspoons of sugar. What’s an even greater challenge to your body is the sheer amount of fluid you have to digest: 50 ounces. Fact is, your stomach can’t easily accommodate more than 32 ounces at a time.
As a journalist for the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, Simon Eroro wanted to interview a group of indigenous rebels in a remote jungle. He was willing to do what was necessary to get the big scoop. After a difficult journey through rough terrain, he was told he would be given the information he sought on one condition: that he be circumcised with bamboo sticks as part of a cleansing ritual. Eroro agreed, got the story and won a prize for his report. I don’t recommend you go quite that far in pursuit of your current goal. On the other hand, it’d be wise to consider making a sacrifice.
If you surrender to the passive part of your personality, you’ll be whipped around by mood swings in the days ahead. You’ll hem and haw, snivel and procrastinate, communicate ineptly, and be confused about what you really feel.
Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that literally means “golden repair.” It refers to fixing cracked pottery with lacquer blended with actual gold or silver. Metaphorically, it suggests something may become more beautiful and valuable after it’s broken. The wounds and healing of the wounds are integral parts, not shameful distortions to be disguised or hidden. Does that sound like your current experience? Call this the kintsukuroi phase of your cycle.
In his 1982 martial arts film Dragon Lord, Jackie Chan experimented with more complex stunts than in his previous films. The choreography was elaborate and intricate.
In 1786, Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard were the first explorers to reach the top of 15,781-foot Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border. They were hailed as heroes. One observer wrote the ascent was “an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering.
Near the end of his career, painter Henri Matisse created a paper-cut composition, Le Bateau, or The Boat. It’s an abstract piece that does not depict a literal boat. That’s why the Museum of Modern Art in New York may be forgiven for mistakenly hanging it upside-down in 1961, upon first acquiring the piece. Fortunately, after a month and a half, a knowledgeable person noticed, and Le Bateau was corrected. Is a comparable phenomenon going on now? Is it possible a part of your life got inverted or transposed? If so, are you sharp enough to see the goof and brave enough to fix it?
Those who invoke the old metaphor about the caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly often omit an important detail: the graceful winged creature is helpless and weak when it first wriggles free of its chrysalis. It’s not ready to take up its full destiny.