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Optimism in Challenging Times

All of your experiences and learning can be applied, for the highest good, for what is coming in your life

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The Global Biodiversity Assessment was published in 1992 as part of the United Nations Environment Program. At that time, 4,000 viruses had been detected and identified, out of a total estimated population of 400,000 viruses. Since then, scientists and researchers have become more adept at identifying and detecting viruses.

Dr. Vincent Racaniello, PhD, is a professor in microbiology and immunology at Columbia University ‘s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a co-author of a textbook on virology, Principles of Virology.

Based on his studies, 320,000+ different viruses currently infect mammals, and that does not count other viruses that affect other vertebrates species. In all, the professor concludes that there are tens of millions of viruses in the world; a figure so large, it is unknowable.

One year from today, and for decades thereafter, despite the breakthroughs in treating Covid-19, virus-related issues and concerns could possibly linger. Against this backdrop, optimism for oneself, for one’s family and friends, and indeed, for humanity, might be challenging.

Optimism at At Any Age

In this time of uncertainty, is maintaining an optimistic outlook warranted or even possible? Yes. Research reveals that some people are apparently born optimistic; some individuals naturally exude optimism, often to the utter bewilderment of others.

Although it seems as if prevailing circumstances dictate how we will act and how we will feel, probing slightly deeper shows that that can be a false cause-effect relationship.

Suppose you’ve passed a certain age and are thinking, “I have this big dream, but I’m too old,” take heart. If you’re in your thirties, forties, or fifties, mile-high goal achievement could still be in store for you – even if you’re past 60, 70, or 80! Why do I make such a statement?

The insurance actuaries indicate that human longevity is increasing. Chances are good that you’re going to live longer than you think you will. There’s no telling what you’re capable of two, three, or four decades hence.

The legendary artist, Grandma Moses, became famous in her seventies and eighties and still was creating notable works of art past age one hundred. Some day soon, an eighty year old will be elected president of the United States.

And, for My Second Career…

In Age Wave, Dr. Ken Dychtwald explains how it’s likely that you’ll have several careers within a lifetime, some totally unrelated to each other. After all, if you graduate college at age 22, you can work for 15 or 17 years as an accountant, not even hit your forties, work 25 years in another industry, and even receive your pension, and still work another 12 to 15 in another profession and only be in your 70’s!

As average life spans extend beyond 80 and 90, and the health and well-being of the typical professional continues to an advanced age, it’s not unrealistic to assume that you might achieve a spectacular goal in an arena of your life that is not even in consciousness for you at this moment.

The Seeds Have Been Planted

Many people believe that the seeds of what you might be doing twenty, thirty, and forty years from now are already in formation, if only at the cellular level! When I took the course Technologies for Creating, designed by Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance, I encountered one of the most powerful affirmations of my life to this point.

Imagine, Fritz encourages, that everything that you’ve ever done is preparation for what’s coming next…

All the successes, all the failures, all the things that went well, all the things that went up in flames, and all of your experiences and learning to be applied for the highest good for what is coming in your life.

With that perspective, you’ve incurred no down time – no wasted jobs, wasted years, or wasted efforts. Your life has been a laboratory of sorts, helping you to prepare for some grand good the likes of which might still not be clear to you.

Transcending Yourself

As the philosophers say, the pattern of the universe (or, more specifically for your purposes, the pattern of your life) is right there, visible in everything you do. You have only to recognize how to work with your strengths and limitations, aptitudes and blind spots so as to transcend yourself.

Rather than living life as if looking through a rear view mirror, you boldly go where you’ve never gone before and eventually set and reach goals that in an earlier time might have seemed beyond your essence, yet on some level, perhaps were within you all along.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Beware the COVID Variant Called Tyranny

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We have skipped all the Greek letters to now arrive at the “T’s” with the Tyranny variant of Covid-19. This mutation is not really new it is just manifesting itself in ways unheard of just a few short years ago. Where the elderly and those with underlying conditions seemed more susceptible to Covid, tyranny variant seems to affect people of all ages, sexes and colors. It seems to be found most often in people with government jobs. Others have caught it but the symptoms are fleeting.  The more power the more susceptible they seem to be. Some of the signs to look for are an inflamed ego, an elevated temperature when questioned, muscle contractions that cause a self-satisfying smug look, and the inability to follow even the simplest of their own edicts.

The severity of the tyranny infection seems to vary by country, leadership and the amount of freedom its citizens once enjoyed. In a country such as China the variant is hardly noticeable with the exception of Hong Kong. Any resistance to the infection is immediately met with unyielding force, crushed and washed down the drain for safety’s sake. (See Tiananmen Square) This ensures the tyranny can continue to spread throughout the leadership of the CCP.

In the United States of America the tyranny infection takes the form of restricted property rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It seems the infected have deemed they can decide who and when rent can be collected on personal property, but you still must pay your taxes on the same. If your lifetime dream of pursuing a small business the infected have issued edicts on when you can open, who you can serve and who you cannot. Because “we say so” commands have been issued demanding that everyone wear masks whether they work or not. Now the citizens are being told to take an injection to ward off Covid that is still not approved 10 months after its conditional release. Soon booster shots will be required for the full rights as Americans. (The current FDA is approval for emergency use)

The push is so hard the tyranny infected are pulling out all the stops for the vaccine. Using every useful idiot from internet influencers, ordinary looking crisis actors, to Hollywood stars to convince the sceptics. Anyone that questions why if you get the shot you need to wear a mask is labeled anti science. The same cheerleaders that promised to end Covid with the shot are now scrambling to excuse the booster shot. Some companies and business are requiring the shot to continue employment. But not the CDC, White House, FDA, or those that work at Pfizer and Moderna.

This variant hasn’t just struck in America. If you look around the world it has spread faster than a virial video. In EU and England every country is using some form of trace app to follow citizens around in the name of safety. Every nation there has experimented with some form of lock down.

The strongest strain of the tyranny strain is in Australia, with a close second New Zealand. Down under the latest lock down is labeled “no regrets”.  Citizens of Australia can’t enter of leave the country without permission from their government. If you fly to different parts of the country you have to endure a 14 day lockdown. During this imprisonment you must check in with the authorities at their whim. Usually every other day. Even if you are not quarantined you are not permitted to leave your house for any reason except medical appointments or food, even then you are restricted on the distance you may travel.

But all is not lost. In some countries herd immunity is fighting back against the tyranny variant. In England in preparation for another lockdown the defunded unarmed police parked unmanned vehicles around the cities to give the appearance of a larger force. Local yobs pelted the vehicles with eggs and fruit. France after insisting on vaccine passports for everyday interactions had to contend with protests as large as last year’s yellow vest protests. Proving they are no longer a prison colony Australians are taking to the streets and defying government orders despite hefty fines. The nations trucker hoping to recreate the success of 1979 Razorback blockade intend to bring the country to a halt on Aug 31st.

The founding fathers had hoped to hand to us a vaccine against this type of infections they saw coming. Unfortunately the Bill of rights and the constitution need an informed and educated public to be 100% effective. This tyranny strain is so strong that attempts to redress these grievances on January 6th were met with an overwhelming force. Percipients not part of the unindicted coconspirators have been thrown in jail without their due rights. Any information contrary to the approved narrative is met with censorship or outright banning. Attempts to protest any edicts issued by the infected is met with violence from Antifa the brown shirts of today.

So how to protect yourself from this variant. Unlike the original Covid, being rich and famous so you don’t have to follow mask edicts, travel restrictions or keeping 6 feet apart doesn’t work. This tyranny variant is much more transmittable. You should at all times mask up you social media so as not to be infected by those that believe in their lord and savior Dr. Fauci. Quarantine yourself from news sources that rely upon fear mongering for ratings or internet hits. Make sure to stay at least six feet away from those most likely to be infected, like government bureaucrats, single cat ladies and anyone that works in media.

Stay safe out there

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Is Andrew Cuomo’s Reelection a Bridge too Far?

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The sexual allegations investigation against Andrew is reaching a critical mass. He has decided to take his brother Fredo’s advice and go to the mattresses. His method of defense is the “nuts and sluts”, “he said she said” defense. This might seem familiar to those that follow the Clinton scandals. It’s also important to note Andy’s reelection is not until 2022 and in politics that is several lifetimes away. This latest show might be just theater so he can claim when running for reelection that this is all behind him, its old news.

Cuomo’s entire political career has been plagued by scandals that would have brought most others down or even lengthy prison sentences. He worked on his daddy’s campaign as what insiders called an enforcer. Mario was the good guy, Andy the muscle. As a reward for his work Andy was appointed assistant district attorney the year after his father was elected governor. Before his father left office Clinton appointed him HUD assistant secretary and later promoted to secretary. It was during his tenure there, out of the shadow of Dad the stories began to accumulate but never gained traction. Andy as the youngest HUD secretary called older staffers white heads, F**k heads, and Dumb F**ks. When the HUD inspector general confronted Cuomo he went on the attack and tried to smear her as racist.  By the time Andy moved on from HUD $59 billion was needed for an un-documentable adjustment. (That is government speak for missing money)

Fast forward ten years of an unimpressive career and Andy runs for the Governor slot. He runs on the tired old transparency platform. Implying his opponent is corrupt he also runs a restore trust in government platform. After he is elected he needs to follow thru so he hand picks the Moreland commission. Andy promised to “convene the best minds in law enforcement and public policy from across New York to address weaknesses in the States public corruption, election and campaign finance laws, generate transparency and accountability, and restore the public trust.” When they took their job too seriously and started to question Cuomo and his cronies it was quietly disbanded.  It did dig enough dirt up to send two of Cuomo’s allies Skelos and Silver to prison.

Andy’s own enforcer and right hand man Joe Percoco was close enough to attend Mario Cuomo’s funeral but evidently not close enough to share his skimming of bribes from contractors hoping to build a power plant in the Hudson valley. Mr. Percoco got six years for that. When Cuomo won the election but lost upstate in his reelection he decided the he could fix it with tax dollars spread around Buffalo. He appointed Alain Kaloyeros, to run the Buffalo Billions project to build a solar plant in depressed Buffalo. Alain was the right man for the job as he made sure only Cuomo’s large donors were qualified to bid. They received $850 million in contracts as a return on their investment. Mr. Kaloyeros received 3 ½ years in prison. Cuomo just moved on. By the time Cuomo and friends were done the Buffalo Billion investment had yielded only 54 cents per dollar invested.

Speaking of bridges, everyone visiting New York City by car, bus or subway can attest to the deplorable state they all are in. Like the bidding system to repair this infrastructure everyone pays a premium price for an inferior product. All repair and outside maintenance work is controlled by a lack of comparative bidding process so there is no competition. Although Cuomo likes to deflect any and all criticism of himself it is not New York City and Comrade DiBlazio in charge of the MTA but our governor Andy. It’s enough to give you a thrill ride when crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge to know that Cuomo and friends were investigated over the one million bolts used to hold the bridge together. It seems the bolts used may not have been up to standard.

Now with the election infection Andy saw his chance at the greatest power grab yet.  Damn the constitution full speed ahead! He starts ordering around all the people of New York not just those that are unfortunate enough to work for him. He goes along with confining people at home, closing businesses, and restaurants, and mandatory masks. His worst directive, Covid patients should be returned to nursing homes. It wasn’t confined just to nursing homes but group homes also. Of the 613 nursing homes in NY, 365 took in patients diagnosed with Covid. Estimates are hard to come by but it is figured his directive caused over six thousand new infections resulting in 15,000 deaths of both patients and front line workers. But just ask Cuomo and none of these deaths were his fault. You see the legislators could have stopped him, nursing homes could have jeopardized their state money and refused, and his experts could have been more expert and told him not to. Andy admitted he would never place his own mom in a nursing home knowing the dangers. What was the price he had to pay for his incompetence? A $5.1 million dollar book deal with Penguin Random house on how he managed to remove conservative voters and non-taxpayers from New York. Quite a prize since his last book sold less than 4,000 copies in hardcover.

Despite all this Andy faces his toughest fight yet. The dreaded sexual harassment accusation. As of this writing eleven women have accused “The Love Gov” of unwanted harassment. But fear not, there are still some that support Andy, his mom, CNN, his brother who helped along with the nonprofit Times up to draft his response to this crisis. In the other corner is almost everyone else on both sides of the isle calling for him to resign and if not impeached. So far Cuomo has hunkered down in the Governor mansion and released a statement with video proof of his unwanted attention to a diverse number of citizens. So is it Cuomo has outlived his usefulness to the democrat party? Did he bully the wrong powerful person or is this just Kabuki Theater to placate the masses.

Don’t expect Cuomo to bow out gracefully. He already has 18 million left in his war chest. He hasn’t had to spend a dime defending himself from either the nursing home scandal or the sexual abuse. Taxpayers are footing the $900 per hour rate of his lawyers and already the legal bill has topped 2.5 million. He has seen a drop in his donations as business leaders with contracts before the state hedge their bets. Cuomo did lose his chief of staff Melissa DeRosa, whose father is a lobbyist for CNYHA. CNYHA represents the hospitals and nursing homes that were handed immunity from Covid lawsuits. They are also among the millionaires and billionaires that are the bulk of Andy’s donations.

If Cuomo skates on these charges it’s a guarantee he would not entertain any questions about scandals “in the past”. If Cuomo is impeached then indicted and convicted it would go down in history like Al Capone going to jail for tax evasion.

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