Appreciating Contrast – The Daily, July 22, 2020

Still waters run deep

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” 
― Lewis Carroll

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 
― Mark Twain

The world is like a big buffet. There are so many different choices and the contrast between what we like and don’t like allows us to clarify what we decide to allow into our lives. But just because we don’t like something, that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with it. It just means that we don’t like it. More than likely, many other people do. Declaring a thing as good and something else as bad is a personal judgment. Those are always better kept to yourself.

Music, food, movies, weather, clothes, colours – all of these are abundant in many forms, and we can have strong opinions about which ones we prefer. Surround yourself with what you enjoy and allow the rest of the world to do the same. We aren’t meant to be cookie-cutter versions of each other, and diversity is what makes life interesting. Allow yourself to exist in a place of non-judgment and you will feel lighter as you move through your time in this incarnation. Stop resisting what doesn’t even have anything to do with you.

New Sign – The Sun moves into Leo today, the place that it calls home. The Leo Sun is about individuality and not being content with following along with the team. It’s our time to shine, perform, and add a touch of colour to our lives. But at the same time, guard against becoming too self-centred and vain right now.

Meanwhile, the Moon will be void of course until this evening when it enters the intelligent sign of Virgo. This morning, it is a good idea not to take on too much. Sometimes it can be difficult to contain our enthusiasm, but proceed with the big picture in mind and think about what you are doing before you do it. All in all, it’s a wonderful time for self-expression and moving projects forward.

Droplet Spread – Because it’s important to understand these things, here is the latest research on how droplets from a cough or sneeze spread. A study showed that respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot, dry ones. Abhishek Saha, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California San Diego, said, “Droplet physics are significantly dependent on the weather. If you’re in a colder, humid climate, droplets from a sneeze or cough are going to last longer and spread farther than if you’re in a hot dry climate, where they’ll get evaporated faster.” They found that at 35C (95F) and 40 percent relative humidity, a droplet can travel about 8 feet, but, at 5C (41F) and 80 percent humidity, a droplet can travel up to 12 feet.

It’s another reason to get used to wearing a mask for the next couple of years. It’s just the way it is.

Thought of the Day – Do what makes you happy. Don’t do what doesn’t make you happy. That is pretty much the secret to living a happy life. Have a beautiful Wednesday.

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” 
― Charlotte Brontë