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Your reaction to news about a family member or a challenge to a house rule could force you to reexamine your values today. Perhaps you have allowed yourself to get a bit stodgy and set in your ways. It may be time for an attitude shift in certain areas. If after some real soul-searching, you still feel that your point of view is sound and defensible, then make your case in a calm and nonjudgmental manner.
Treat yourself to a taste of the good life today. Pretend you've got all the money you could ever want and make a list of all the indulgences you'd like to enjoy. Then be practical for just a moment and choose the top one or two -- you don't want to have too much of a financial hangover -- and then go for it. Whether your bacchanalian dreams tend more toward pampering spa treatments or sumptuous meals, savor the pleasure of granting your own wish.
As you're listening to others debate in circles about the best way to raise money, organize a club, design an advertising campaign or accomplish some other complex task, a sudden inspiration hits you. At first, your idea may seem so unworkable as to be nonsensical, but throw it out on the table anyway. A spark of brilliance illuminates it. With just a little finesse, you and your companions can turn it into a real masterpiece.
Taking sly potshots at your boss today may give you a perverse kind of satisfaction. Coworkers may even egg you on from the safety and anonymity of the sidelines, giving you the illusion that you've got plenty of support. When the chips are down, though, you'll find that no one rushes to make up your losses and that you are holding an empty bag. A few encouraging catcalls are not worth jeopardizing your career. Address any problems you have with policy or the boss through constructive channels instead of resorting to barbed witticisms.
Your recent reflections on the meaning of life and the role of ethics cause you to take a more personal approach to these questions and examine your life for lapses and areas for improvement. Don't think of might-have-beens as regrets, though -- instead, take a positive approach. Resolve to correct any hurts that you can and to be more aware in the future of the ramifications of your actions.
A rumor you've heard or the sense that someone is talking behind your back may throw you temporarily off-stride. But if you recover quickly by considering the source and decide that the best way to defuse the situation is to treat them with kindness, you'll be pleased by the results. Without letting on that you've heard anything to the contrary, try and act as if this person is your most loyal friend. If you do not supply the ammunition, the sniping will have to cease.
There could be some lingering tension from the past few days' conflicts, but you are well over the initial shock and calm enough now to handle the final mopping-up operations. Depending on your responses to earlier challenges, you could either be facing a new obstacle or trying to figure out how to implement a recent compromise. Hopefully, you have already decided that feuds are a significant energy drain that have no corresponding payback. Now is the time to work on making the personal adjustments that will allow you to accept the changes in the status quo.
You may feel as if all you've done over the past few days is accommodate other people, but maybe your focus is too narrow. If you're feeling a bit put upon, expand your vision or try and find a fresh perspective. Make a quick mental list of situations in which others have shown their consideration for you and helped out in a pinch. Counting your blessings in this way will put your contributions into perspective and make you grateful for having such a wonderful support network.
If you've been holding back on expressing your growing love for a special someone, today could be the best time for declaring how you feel. It's not necessary to engineer any kind of special setting. In fact, trying to make your surroundings romantically perfect could add a sense of movie-like overproduction that takes away from the honesty of your emotions. Go for simplicity and let your heart speak for itself.
Stopping by to visit with a grandparent or to check in with an aging uncle or aunt doesn't have to be the chore you're expecting. They have a world of experience to share, but few ever invite them to talk about the past. Not only can you develop a special relationship by showing interest in what they have to say, but you can get a better sense of who you are and what has shaped your life. Insights such as this can be powerful tools for developing self-knowledge and compassion. Don't refuse such a gift.
This day is so perfect you want to preserve it in glass so you can take it out whenever you want and relive the experience. You can achieve almost the same result by recording your feelings in your journal and consciously fixing each event and your reaction in your memory. This emotional boost will help you remain confident about who you are and what you have to offer in a relationship. Be certain that you give as much as you receive.