Doubts and Uncertainty – The Daily, July 21, 2020

There is nothing more certain than the ability of nature to soothe and heal

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya Angelou

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 
― Winston S. Churchill

Starting something new can be challenging, and it is natural to feel doubt in the beginning. Doubt and uncertainty can be used to refine the actions you take until you strike upon the right balance and the project gains momentum. Stopping and starting is natural. That is why, in the early stages of an idea, it is best to keep it to yourself and not look for too much advice. Other people may mean well, but they could be able to quickly turn you away from what originally excited you about the project. Make the adjustments that you feel need to be made and let the idea grow into something more concrete before sharing it with others.

Visualize the end result and see how it feels. Is this something you want to get done quickly and move on from, or is it something you can see yourself still doing ten years from now? That’s always a consideration too, because a task like writing a novel will take time but won’t be a forever project. Studying to be a lawyer and practicing law is a years-long commitment. Determine the size and scope of your idea and see if it still feels like something you want to do.

We Cause Our Own Problems – In new research from The University of California, the link between pesticide use and the dangerous proliferation of pathogens was explored. What you need to know: “Environmental pollutants can increase our exposure and susceptibility to infectious diseases,” said Justin Remais, chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and senior author of the study. “From dioxins decreasing resistance to influenza virus, to air pollutants increasing COVID-19 mortality, to arsenic impacting lower respiratory tract and enteric infections — research has shown that reducing pollution is an important way to protect populations from infectious diseases.”

This particular study found that the widespread use of pesticides and other agrochemicals can speed the transmission of the debilitating disease schistosomiasis, while at the same time upsetting the ecological balance in aquatic environments that prevents infections. The infection can trigger lifelong liver and kidney damage. It affects hundreds of millions of people every year, second only to malaria among parasitic diseases in terms of its global impact on human health.

Thought of the Day – It’s the middle of the summer. Don’t forget to enjoy the long days and the warm weather. It’s good for the mind and the soul for us to get out at least once a day and breathe some fresh air, so find some trees or a park and get away from the concrete jungle. It’s a mini-vacation you can indulge in with lasting benefits. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” 
― George Bernard Shaw

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