Finding Easy Answers – The Daily, July 30, 2020

The beautiful beach in Puerto Rico that I spent so many hours walking on and learning to just be

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” 
― Bob Hope

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for the real.” 
― Tupac Shakur

There is a lot of noise out there right now, all of it competing for our attention. Some of it is designed to help, some to mislead, and some to profit those who share it. It’s never been more important to exercise your own common sense and think for yourself.

Belief can be a dangerous thing. When we believe something to be true, we invariably shut out anything that opposes that belief. It’s important to stay as open-minded as possible as we all navigate through the current times. It’s easier to have flexibility of mind and to be able to adapt to changing information than to be fixed in one mindset and then find out you may have been wrong.

Progress – From, a new study has shown that heparin, a seaweed extract, showed promise as being more effective than remdesivir in inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 infection in mammalian cells. Researchers from the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are looking at getting the virus to lock onto a decoy molecule that offers a similar fit to human cells. The neutralized virus would be trapped and eventually degrade naturally.

“What interests us is a new way of getting at infection,” said Robert Linhardt, a Rensselaer professor of chemistry and chemical biology. “The current thinking is that the COVID-19 infection starts in the nose, and either of these substances could be the basis for a nasal spray. If you could simply treat the infection early, or even treat before you have the infection, you would have a way of blocking it before it enters the body.”

New developments are occurring at a rapid pace. There likely won’t end up being one overall answer to controlling the pandemic, but many.

Moving Forward – Venus ended its post-retrograde shadow yesterday. We have likely seen forward progress in projects or relationships that may have stalled in May or June. Look around and see what you may have started and have been unable to finish, and then decide what is important. Sometimes we do just for the sake of having something to worry about doing. If it isn’t important, then let it go.

Thought of the Day – It’s a beautiful July day, one of the last of the year. Break free from the prison of social conditioning and indulge yourself guilt-free in something you enjoy. It’s usually the little things in life that give us untold pleasure. Feel how good it feels to stop thinking and to just be in the moment. Indulge yourself in silence and enjoy. Have a carefree day.

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” 
― Bob Marley