The Right Way to Live – The Daily, May 12, 2020

The roots are where they are supposed to be. Life has an intelligence all of its own

“I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.” 
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Life goes on. It has to – there are no options. You are either living or not.

Some people choose to live with hesitation, going out into the world only when necessary and living the same day over and over. It’s neither good nor bad, it is just one way of going through life. Other people are constantly on the move, cramming as much activity into each day as they can.

Some people need to feel adrenaline to be alive. Roller coasters, fast cars, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, and parachuting are all activities designed to give that rush, that sensation of being in control but only by a thread. Others would never think of doing anything like that. It’s a personal choice.

Allowing others to express themselves in their own way is a beautiful way to live. It allows you the freedom to choose the same for yourself. Just remember the Golden Rule and then go about whatever you want to do. There are millions of different ways to live a life.

Mercury in Gemini – The planet Mercury has made its way into Gemini and will remain there until the end of the month. It’s a time of communication and satisfying curiosity. The mind can be more active and energetic which can help with developing new ideas or business ventures. Go with the flow and allow yourself to explore new possibilities.

Thought of the Day – Reach out to someone and see how they are doing. Keep the lines of communication open now more so than ever. Don’t wait for the other person to make the first move because time has a way of getting away from us. It’s never too late until it is.

“If you contemplate the Golden Rule, it turns out to be an injunction to live by grace rather than by what you think other people deserve.” 
― Deepak Chopra

Flying Into the Future – The Daily, May 11, 2020

Flying just isn’t going to be the same, at least for awhile

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. — Brian Tracy

To plan or not to plan, and what to plan, that is the question. It is one of many questions we can consider right now, and the answers are elusive.

Out of every challenge comes the chance to forge a new path, to be at the leading edge of whatever is to come. If you can guess how things are going to be, then you can be in a position to capitalize on it.

Things can change quickly. Even if by some miracle a vaccine is developed and is in widespread use within 18 months, there are no guarantees that life will return to what we used to consider as normal. The longer this goes on, with the necessities of social distancing and isolating people who are exposed to someone who tests positive, the less likely that old behaviours will resume.

Air travel is an interesting consideration. The reason that flights were cheap and that it was easy to jump on a plane for a weekend getaway to a warm location or a quick business trip was because passengers were sandwiched in like sardines. Big volume and quick turnover allowed airlines to keep their prices competitive and still turn a profit. But with the new guidelines, this will change. Seats can’t be occupied like they were, and airports will no longer be places that encourage socializing and shopping.

Most of the discount airlines will struggle with the new reality. And even if flying still remains as affordable as it once was, are the travellers going to return in droves? if you are over 65 you might think twice about wanting to go anywhere, and anyone with underlying health conditions is likely to be more careful as well. This is a large segment of the population.

For more interesting thoughts on what might be ahead in the world of air travel, this article in The Star, Why Flying is About to Get More Expensive – For Good, is a great read.

Thought for the Day – Be true to yourself. Don’t force things and try to be someone who you aren’t. If you don’t want to do the same things you have always done, then don’t do them anymore. Sometimes all it takes is to drop something than no longer suits you to be able to find something that is even better.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson

Traveling on a Cruise Ship – The Daily, May 10, 2020

Not a cruise ship, just a little boat off the coast of Barbados on a cloudy day

I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am. – Albert Einstein

Travel has obviously been affected by the pandemic. Even if you wanted to go somewhere, there are very few places to go. But in an attempt to save some money and get back to a sense of normalcy, people are flocking to book cruises with Carnival starting in August of this year.

Carnival saw an increase of 600% in bookings in the three days after announcing this week that they would be sailing in August. It makes sense, because there were probably no bookings before the announcement, but it’s also an increase of 300% in bookings compared to the same time last year. Again, not a surprise because most people wouldn’t have any summer travel plans booked at this time so are looking to find a deal.

So, if you are looking ahead and thinking that a trip would be nice this summer, just make sure that travel insurance is available or that refunds are guaranteed by the company selling the trip. Also, Mercury goes retrograde from July 7th to August 1st so that might not be the best time to be on the move.

Sweden’s Gamble – It will be interesting to see in about two years from now when we can look back and analyze things, how the decision by Sweden not to close down the economy while keeping schools open and allowing people to go to restaurants and bars ended up working. Right now the decision doesn’t look that good, with Sweden having over 3000 deaths attributed to the virus compared to its neighbours of Norway (just over 200) and Finland (less than 300). Denmark has over 500 deaths, but all of these countries are considerably less than Sweden, and all of them locked down.

But after restrictions begin to lift, will Sweden enjoy an advantage in the long term? We won’t know until we know. The Swedish people are being good about social distancing, but they haven’t had to endure the widespread unemployment and economic fallout that other countries have. They are gambling with people’s lives, but in the end they may have made the right bet.

Time will tell.

Thought for the Day – Even if you are imprisoned, it is still possible to be free in your mind. That attitude is what propelled people like Nelson Mandela and Elie Wiesel to get to the other side. Learn to use your mind like the wonderful tool that it is and know that what you think is what your reality becomes. Think only of what you want.

Life After the Pandemic – The Daily, May 9, 2020

Yesterday’s full moon from Toronto

It’s interesting to read all of the different predictions being made by various experts about what life after the pandemic will look like. It’s all just guesses because there is really no way to know, but there are some assumptions that seem reasonable.

First, travel is likely to be affected for a long time. Even when borders begin to open, who will they open to? Will countries welcome foreigners with open arms, or will there be restrictions and quarantines? Suspicion of outsiders is likely to colour the way that visitors are treated. While tourism is a major economic force that is suffering greatly, it is difficult to envision that sector getting back to what it was anytime soon.

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Losing Our Sense of Reality – The Daily, May 8, 2020

Advice for today – don’t pet an alligator. Don’t be reckless with your valuable life

Nothing feels the same anymore. As we move towards a different way of being, many of us are trying to bring the past with us. It won’t work. Clinging to the familiar and not allowing the changes that have happened is a form of denial. Try as we might, we can’t make it all go away.

It’s human nature to assume that anything that changes against our will is automatically going to be worse. What if it all works out and is better? What if we look back in a couple of years and say that, although it was a very difficult and tragic time, things actually needed to change and now life has improved?

It’s one different way to look at the situation. There are many.

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Full Flower Moon – The Daily, May 7, 2020

Focus on what’s in front of you, but keep an eye on what’s in the distance as well

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”  – Maya Angelou

Howling at the Moon – It’s a full moon today, the last supermoon of 2020. That means that the moon will look bigger and brighter than normal because it is closest in its orbit to the earth right now. The full moon of May is called the Flower Moon, and is supposed to usher in a period of growth, warmth and abundance as new life springs forth.

But this year the full moon lands in the sign of Scorpio, which may temper the joy and enthusiasm while adding some suspicion and wariness. We want to celebrate the return to spring, but we are skeptical. Scorpio can be a dark influence at this time. You may react to others more harshly than you mean to, so it’s a good time to take a step back and not to respond in haste.

Just be a little more aware of your words, and understand that sometimes secrets need to come out for the good of all. It can be prudent to clear the air and stop being less than honest with those around you, or even with yourself. You may be more transparent than you would like.

Thought for Today – Recognize that sometimes things happen around you that affect the way you feel, even when you don’t understand what is going on. You may find your emotions are a little sharper right now, so it’s important to stay in the moment and stop before you say something you might regret later.

There is a lot going on energetically and fear is driving people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t. Be vigilant about your own feelings and notice how the people in your life are doing. Look around and see if there is someone who needs a little kindness and love right now.

Take one step at a time, and put one foot in front of the other. Sometimes that is enough.

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Accepting Change – The Daily, May 6, 2020

A tarot spread for today, with a major focus on intuition, intelligence and change

Is it better to have false hope rather than no hope at all?

This is something that a lot of people are struggling with right now. We want the truth, but then there is the real danger that we can’t handle the truth. It’s a dilemma.

We all want someone to say that within a few weeks, things will be back to normal. Then if they aren’t, we want a new promise that within a few weeks, things will be back to normal. And on it goes.

The truth, as I know it today, is that sometimes things can never go back to the way they were. That’s actually how things have always been, but right now it just appears more obvious and that is frightening. We reach for security and it isn’t there. Like a terrified horse who runs back into a burning barn looking blindly for safety, we reach for anything that promises a return to what we once knew.

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New Year, New Beginnings

You don’t see two dollar bills anymore! I like to keep these around as my good luck charm

A new year, a new decade, and new opportunities. Whatever you wish your life to look like in the future, it all begins with an idea to do something now.

An idea followed by a plan and then action are the three steps that can take you wherever you wish to go. One decision in one moment can change the course of your life forever.

I had an idea and now this is the result of that idea. These pages have been a source of inspiration for me and, I hope, for you as well.

Now it’s time for something new. I need to do what I enjoy, and that happens to be betting on things. Not just things, but specifically horses and football. It has been a long process of acceptance to realize that this is what I want to do.

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