Libra Horoscope for week of March 2, 2017
The poet Rainer Maria Rilke bemoaned the fact that so many of us "squander our sorrows." Out of self-pity or lazy self-indulgence, we wallow in memories of experiences that didn't turn out the way we wished they would have. We paralyze ourselves with repetitions of depleting thoughts. Here's an alternative to that approach: We could use our sadness and frustrations to transform ourselves. We could treat them as fuel to motivate our escape from what doesn't work, to inspire our determination to rise above what demoralizes and demeans us. I mention this, Libra, because now is an excellent time to do exactly that.
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"Iíve been practicing radical authenticity lately," my friend Brandon told me. "Iím revealing the blunt truth about unmentionable subjects to everyone I know. Itís been pretty hellish -- no one likes having the social masks stripped away -- but itís been ultimately rewarding."
"I admire your boldness in naming the currents flowing beneath the surface," I replied, "but Iím curious as to why you imply theyíre all negative. To practice radical authenticity, shouldnít you also express the raw truth about whatís right, good, and beautiful? Shouldnít you unleash the praise and gratitude that normally go unspoken?"
Brandon sneered. He thought my version of radical authenticity was wimpy. I hope you donít. As a budding lover of life, you have a mandate to be honest in both ways.