What was that all about? You said jump and they jumped. You made your demands, and they demanded more of your leadership. You're a little stunned, but don't let it slow you down. If you lose your edge, you might be losing more opportunities than you can imagine. The good news is that you can look forward to another chance. The next few days will bring more of this sudden, improbable success. History is playing out, and you're definitely playing the hero. The role suits you so well. Get used to the idea that you're just getting started.
Don't pack your bags and hit the highway just yet. You still know a few tricks that this crowd hasn't seen. Work your magic to cast the best light with the friendliest shadows. Leave them all smiling instead of feeling afraid. The idea is to identify a goal and set yourself up as the only person who can meet it. You're a master at framing the issues to make yourself look good. Once you inspire personal loyalty, your work is almost done. You could offer a course on the side to interested professionals in related fields.
Relax from your recent bout of tense uncertainty. Slowly unclench yourself as the day goes by. It's hard to believe that your efforts are paying off, but the evidence is all around you. Parties that once stood on the brink of war are now trading favors like civilized human beings. Elements that never matched are orbiting each other in strange but appealing harmony. You see the old obstacles in a new light. You didn't do it all, but you did enough to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Certain people that once opposed your methods can be your friends again.
Life as you know it is fundamentally different. Unless you're close enough to feel the tide, water that flowed under this bridge won't be coming back the other way. Change shouldn't worry you, but it does. You hate to admit that you're feeling left out of events that you don't understand. The world has a new look to match these deeper shifts. Surely others can see beneath the veneer of style. Do the same ambiguities trouble them? You want to talk about this, but the usual outlets are closed. Before putting on the new uniform, consider how it will feel.
Good times lie ahead of you or maybe just around the corner. You can smell them even if you can't see them yet. Although you have nothing but high hopes, it could be a few hours before you get up to speed. Don't worry, you'll live. You might even use this delayed launch to take a better measure of your likely playmates and opponents. Some of them know this drill better than you do. You're not too proud to ask for guidance. And once you're ready to go, you'll know exactly what to expect of these people.
Think fast. All is not lost. In fact, you just made an essential discovery. Now you know that you have an out, although it's not a path that you'd normally choose. Call it an act of liberation or a lifestyle shift. Make a trade between something that you may not use for years (if ever) and something that you need right now. Pack rats contemplate the warrior's way and decide that they could get used to living from hand to mouth. For those still struggling with the idea, this is a qualified win, not a loss. It's all in the definition.
Another burden falls on your shoulders. You look so capable that people are willing to trust you with more than you want. Some are probably taking advantage of your good nature or sterling professionalism. Can you prove it? And if so, what can you do about it? At first you seem to be getting a bad deal, but it all adds up when you revisit the paperwork. You didn't think you bit off more than you could chew, although it's taking far too long to process this mouthful. Check with your dentist to be sure that all is well.
The differences between right and wrong have never been so clearly spelled out in black and white. Although you might not usually make a study of law and order, you recognize that the one who makes the rules defines the crimes. Your first impulse veers more toward payback than forgiveness. Either you're less tolerant these days, or somebody else has bigger problems with you than usual. Social philosophies shift as times get harder or easier. Radical opposites see eye to eye on certain matters. Who thought you'd ever see the day when that would happen?
Identity is destiny. Who you are determines the hand you're dealt, although some say it's the other way around. You fit easily into certain roles, but you can also decide not to play them. Maybe you know a better way. Maybe you're just convinced that there has to be one. You can only decide for yourself, though. Others will join or shun your quest for reasons that might never be clear. Don't claim to know the shape of someone's soul after a short conversation. You know how you'd feel if you were the one being judged.
Now you know that something greater than you controls the Universe. Despite your best efforts and firm assurances to the contrary, the times are a-changin'. It looks like some people have resurrected private agendas. Yes, it means that you might have to work harder to be taken more seriously. If you really have to change that situation, then change it you will. Just keep a cool head.
You're mischievous and impatient. Your friends throw you a bone just to get you off their backs. Would a sneak preview keep you happy until the main event? You enjoy being a nuisance, although there may not be much of a percentage in that. Who told you that there would be? Control yourself and just maybe you'll get more of what you want. There's nothing wrong with relying on conventional institutions that are performing without a hitch. If you can make it to the bank today, maybe you should leave your money there instead of stuffing it in the mattress.
The formerly immortal are now having second thoughts about their shelf life. There might be a sign that your undisputed reign is finally at an end. Truth be told, you're a little relieved to get a break from it all. Luckily, you have the time to worry about your final gesture. Split the difference and come up with a unique exit strategy that spells your name. Instead of trying to predict the whims of posterity, do something that seems appropriate for now. See how it plays out and let that influence how you develop your other good ideas for next time.