I have a 40 year old friend from Congo. He’s an activist. He works with refugees and advocates for their rights. I’ve known him since 2006, between then and 2008, I saw him a lot. He always had problems to be solved. I didn’t see him much in 2010, I had moved and he didn’t know where I lived so he couldn’t just show up at my door like he usually does. It was a nice year. He knows where I live now, and I see him more than I would like to – about 3 times a week at least. But hey, he’s my friend.

I’m a Gemini. I don’t pay a lot of attention to horoscopes, but I am a little intrigued by the general idea of constellation arrangements at certain times affecting the temperaments of people born under them. If you think about it, life is all very cosmic and spiritual, perhaps there is some sort of link.

I bought a necklace/charm from the flea market a few weeks ago. The pendant is the Gemini sign. It came with a description of the Gemini temperament. Gemini’s are adaptable, versatile, communicative, intellectual, eloquent, youthful, lively. And…nervous, tense, superficial, inconsistent, cunning, inquisitive, dual natured, elusive, complex, contradictory. We like to take on multiple projects, relish in novelty and the unusual variety in life. We don’t like being tied down, mental inaction, being alone. I don’t agree with all of it, for one I like being alone. But it’s all very fascinating.

I like the word Gemini, it kinda says I have a gem in I. I was walking with my Congolese friend last week, and I was telling him maybe one day he’ll get some diamonds in his home country and make me a rich man for being such a good friend to him. After the laughs died down, He began to tell me how he doesn’t believe in the diamonds in the ground. He believes everyone has their own diamonds, inside them.  Not everyone should go rushing out to the fields or jungles or whatever looking for a stone to bring them riches. The things they are looking are inside them.

We all have diamonds within, treasures in earthen (earthly) vessels like the scriptures say. Our diamonds are our passions, our skills, that special thing that makes us unique, and gifts us with something to serve the world with, to contribute with, to solve problems with, to enrich others with. This is what would make us rich, in every sense of the word. Pay less attention to the external world, the current state of affairs, the potions peddled by the snake oil merchants, the get rich quick schemes, the how to transform your life in 7 days books and mantras. Turn your gaze inward, discover your gifts, develop them, make use of them and become very rich.

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