Algonquin Bound – The Exit(or Elvis has left the building)

If you’re reading this, it means the WordPress “scheduling thing” is working as it should.

As the old phrase goes “Elvis has left the building.”

Well, I suspect that Elvis really hasn’t moved too much from his final resting place. But, then again there is that old rumour out there.

By the time you’re reading this “we’ve left the building” or the “old homestead” in this case.

The destination for the next four nights and five days.

Projected as hot weather and sunny skies.

Better check to make sure we got the sunscreen packed.

I did schedule a number of posts to be published over the next few days while we’re away, including Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt(Week 4).

So, if all goes well, they’ll appear somewhere at their scheduled time and place.

If not?

I’m sure the world won’t grind to a screeching halt. If it does, I apologize in advance for the bending apocalypse.

Cell service/reception there can an almost zero, zero and less than zero.

Not sure what less than zero is. I think it simply sucks data from your phone and plan and then resells it to help finance park activities during the year. That sounded way funnier in my head.

So, if you don’t see comments or anything, it doesn’t mean we’re ignoring you, it means we’re simply ignoring you(again, sounded way funnier in my head).

If all goes to plan, we’ll see you sometime at the end of the week.

If not, on to Plan B.

Lynn – what’s Plan B again??

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Close Your Eyes …. Open Your Mind

I wrote this back on July 2 last year after a July 2(Canada Day) adventure to the City of Owen Sound, located along the pristine shores of Georgian Bay.

Just off the main street, there is an alleyway filled with graffiti artworks. This was but one of many that lined the walls along both sides of the alley.

“Close your eyes – open your mind”

Society and the world right now is without a doubt, teetering on a precipice.

We’re left with seemingly two options. First, keep our minds closed and firmly slammed shut; continue on the same path we’re currently on; take just another step or two and tumble off the rocky ledge into a bottomless crevice of further decay and destruction that the world may never crawl out of.

OR secondly, open our minds and take at least one step back from the edge. When our minds are open, it allows us to be and fly free from the constraints of our own bias, see through it to creative, problem-solving beliefs.

Open minds will lead us to change.

Open minds lead us to love, forgiveness, oneness.

Open minds are our hope.

From July 2019 – with a few additions.

Often we hear or perhaps read something akin to “keep your eyes open to the opportunities and the world around you…”

Not a bad approach, but is there not one part missing with the above phrase?

What about your mind?

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On a doorway in an alley in the downtown of Owen Sound

Our eyes are but one aspect of seeing, observing and reacting to the world around us.

But, isn’t or doesn’t our mind play the biggest role in all of “what we’re seeing?”

Our eyes only take in what our eyes take in.

Our eyes don’t make the judgements; our eyes don’t jump to conclusions before there is enough information; our eyes don’t observe with predetermined biases and prejudice; our eyes aren’t filled with hate and anger.

It is our mind that judges; jump to conclusions; it contains the biases and prejudices; it is filled with hate and anger. A closed-mind is also filled with fear. A despair so deeply embedded within their psyche, that opening up and exploring the depths of their own mind is simply too frightening.

In a bizarre way, closed-minded people fear their own closed mindedness.

It is a closed mind that has those things.

A mind shut so tight, that there is not a hope in hell of anything that doesn’t fit within a narrowly defined paradigm ever having the chance of busting through. A closed-mind slams shut the possibility of original thinking.

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An open mind provides fertile ground or an opportunity to go from judgement to understanding; from jumping to conclusions to be willing to listen; from biases, prejudice; hate and anger to love and acceptance.

Our eyes may be as open as they can possibly be.

However, it is our mind that determines what we actually see.

A closed mind has taken the world to – bias, bigotry, racism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia, but to name a few examples.

I came across this quote earlier in the week.

“a closed mind is a dying mind”

At no other point in the history of the world do we now need open-minds, more than we do now.

The world and us in it are faced with two choices.

Take another step towards the edge of the precipice or take a step back and open our minds to change.

You decide.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Be That Somebody

I happened to have this come across on social media yesterday.

And you know, it got me thinking a bit.

How hard is it, it make others feel important?

To make them feel like they count. That their life has value.

I read somewhere that “every person wants to be important, wants to nourish and nurture the feeling of importance. A person’s, greatest emotional need is to be accepted and appreciated by others, to be considered as an important person.”

I Googled that phrase “why is it important to make others feel important.”

Guess what came up?

Sites and articles from business and human resource perspectives, on why making people feel important is good for business. All fine and dandy, but a bit cold from where I am.

Those results coming up first in the search, sort of disturbs me.

In fact, it disturbs me a lot. From my side of the fence and granted it is just based on a brief glimpse through the search results, that from the business and human resources bit, it is simply nothing more than a game to be played. I know this isn’t the case, but I didn’t read that your employees or customers are important. I read make them feel important.

Kind of two different things.

But, we’re not talking about that.

The reality is, isn’t it more important for us, to make those around us feel important. To feel like they matter; that their life has value. And the funny thing is that in return the same thing happens to us.

Obviously, this post isn’t “the end all to be all” in terms of making those around us feel important. And, you know what? It’s not meant to be.

But, if “a person’s, greatest emotional need is to be accepted and appreciated by others, to be considered as an important person.”

Perhaps, today is the day to start being that “somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

It’s one thing to think that the person across from you is important. It is a totally different thing to make that person feel important. To make them feel like they matter.

Be a maker, not a thinker.

Just a random thought on an early Sunday morning.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

There are questions and mysteries that have surfaced since the day the Earth spin into existence, that are still as mysterious and unanswered today as they were a million, if not a billion years ago.

Questions such as:

– why is the sky blue?

– how come water is wet?

– why is the wife always right?

A year ago, I answered one of life’s enduring and endearing mysteries.

Read on…..

Today will ultimately be viewed by historians and humanity in general, as the day one of life’s enduring mysteries was solved. Dealt with and put to bed, once and for all.

Today we’re answering the age-old question that has been plaguing man since the dawn of time, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Okay, perhaps the question or riddle hasn’t been lingering around since man first walked upright and confounding all who seek to solve it. Nevertheless, the question was first posed in an 1847 edition of The Knickerbocker, a New York City monthly magazine.

It appeared on the pages of the magazine like this:

There are ‘”quips and quillets” which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: ‘Why does a chicken cross the street?[‘] Are you ‘out of town?’ Do you ‘give it up?’ Well, then: ‘Because it wants to get on the other side!’

Still, the age-old answer to the question, “to get to the other side” does seem slightly “too easy; too matter of fact.” 

What was on the other side that would encourage the chicken to cross the road? You don’t generally cross a road for no reason at all.

Why couldn’t the chicken do what it needed to do on this side of the road?

How wide was the road? Was there one-way or two-way traffic flow?

There is simply insufficient information to determine the “why.” 

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The esteemed folks below(and if they were still with us), might try to solve the mystery with these responses.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Albert Einstein: The chicken did not cross the road. The road passed beneath the chicken.

Sir Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross roads

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Rene Descartes: I cross, therefore I am

Martin Luther King Jr.: It had a dream.

Colonel Sanders: I missed one?

All the above responses are most worthy of inclusion in scholarly philosophy journals and science textbooks from leading universities throughout the world.

The real answer to the question, however, is found in the picture above.

It is obvious that the chicken crossed the road to catch the #4 Transit Bus to Main Street Station.

Unfortunately, that gives rise to the question, “Was there no bus going in the opposite direction he could have caught and thus there would have been no need to cross the road in the first place?”

In addition:

  • did he need a transfer?
  • if he missed that bus, how long would he need to wait for the next one?
  • where would a chicken be going in the first place that he would need to take a bus?
  • why didn’t he simply call Uber or other ride-sharing programs?

It looks like we got more thinking and pondering to do.

Good thing I’m on holiday for the next two weeks. I’ll get back to you when I figure this thing out.

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Any thoughts to help solve the mystery of “why did the chicken cross the road?”

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Thoughts From The Wilderness – I Am

Often we stroll along through our daily routine and life seems and is pretty good.

Of course there are those days when absolutely nothing goes right. The kids are cranky; your spouse is cranky and frankly it would appear the entire world is cranky.

I get that the above is a huge overgeneralization and that there are those whose daily existence is nothing short of a living hell on earth.

From what I’ve read, there wasn’t a “playbook” previously written on how to survive through a global pandemic from a mental health perspective. In fact, I don’t any “playbook” was written on any component of this prior to COVID_19. My guess now is that many “playbooks” are in the works to be published in the near future. Some may even be on the bookshelves now or certainly available on Amazon.

Regardless of whether it was pre-COVID; or mid-COVID or when we hit post-COVID, we have always tended to be our own worst enemy. In fact, we often go way beyond the criticism that others may level on us or towards us and take on the mantel of “our hardest and harshed” critic.

Being so friggin’ hard on ourselves, we often end up with feelings of we’re not good enough; not pretty enough; not smart enough; or can’t get my crap together enough. And of course the list can go on and on. Right?

Now add the issues of COVID_19, such as, “who figured on being a homeschool mum or dad back in October?” And how many have spent half your waking hours beating yourself up because the resulting “homeschooling carnage” isn’t some “Hallmark Channel type” wonderful experience for you and your child.

A good reminder is that superheroes only exist in comic books and on the big screen and perhaps Netflix as well.

At this moment in time, you and I don’t need to be superheroes or we certainly don’t need to “think” we need to be superheroes.

The critic that resides in the six inches between your ears will silently scream you’re not good enough; not strong enough or you can’t even get your homeschooling crap together enough.

Don’t haul the poop of yesterday into the potential of today. Leave it behind; give it the royal flush and strive to be just a bit better today.

Just remember and repeat after me – I AM

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Thoughts From The Wilderness – Less Is More or How Choosing Items For A Backcountry Trip Can Lead Us To A Simpler Life.

Over the past four years or so since starting the often ridiculous yet satisfying blogging journey, I’ve written over 500 posts. A scary number for sure.

This particular one happens to be one of my favourites.

In our pre-COVID existence, there were and yes, there still are many so called experts(and many making fair bit of coin) expounding the virtues of attaining a “simpler life.” Do this; get rid of that or add this into the mix and follow my rules as outlined in my books and/or video series, and life will be “simple as fu@k.”

Once COVID_19 got fired up and government and health authorities started with a variety of protective restrictions, we started to hear “how life was now becoming more simple.” With scores of people at home whether working or homeschooling and everything in between, it was time to dust off the board games; download some new book; video and Zoom time with friends and family and add Netflix with the “fam” on a Friday night or any night of the week for that matter.

We read/heard or at least I did, many who felt life had become more fun; more back to basics; more simple. Go figure?

It would be a safe assumption, that we all desire a life that is void to some or even a great degree of the craziness that can overtake and overwhelm us often on an hourly if not daily basis.

There are wheelbarrows full of scribes making a full-time and decent living, blogging how to get life back on a more even keel; how to make life become the simple existence many of us cry out into the night that we want.

Answer:

If you want a simple life, quit being the hypocritical dufus you are and get up off your ass and do something about it. You cry and moan about life; how busy you are; the craziness; no time for yourself; did I leave anything out?

But nothing ever changes, because you do absolutely nothing to move along to making life what you want your life to be. You see yet another train in the station figuring it is this one that will take you to the destination at the “end of the line” called – “a simple life.” And like sheep you unconsciously follow the herd and climb aboard.

In actuality, you just got on another version of the same “crazy train.”

The ongoing pandemic we find ourselves in, has taught us many things for sure. And one of the key items to take from this, is that life can be much more simple than it has ever been; sort of a back to the basics approach.

The rub is, this time the government made that decision for us.

If you truly want a simple life, you need to make that decision for yourself.

From February 2019….

“Less is more” is a great rule of thumb or strong suggestion recorded in a well-worn and read backcountry canoe or hiking manual on a dusty shelf in a basement or found in the often-overlooked hidden corners in an outfitter’s store.

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Weight is one of the more important factors to consider when travelling and adventuring in the backcountry. Whether it be a canoe trip through the wilds of Algonquin Park or backpacking for multiple days along the Lake Superior Coastal Trail in northern Ontario. Weight is paramount.

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Weight is critical!

Given that weight is very critical, choosing what items to pack or those things that get left can an arduous and difficult task. Thankfully, these days backpacking and canoe tripping equipment is very lightweight and can pack up quite small.

Nevertheless, each item weighs something and those “somethings” can eventually add up to 50, 60 or 70 pounds of weight.

Much of the process to lightweight packing, in essence, comes down to three elements:

  1. what is absolutely necessary to take?
  2. would be nice, but not critical
  3. get rid of the rest

As much as, preparing for an extended backpacking adventure or canoe trip spanning a week or more is an exercise of choosing equipment and planning, it is also this. A mindset that says, “I don’t need all kinds of stuff. All I need is just a few simple items. Happiness and contentment are not found within the trappings of wealth and things that will weigh me down. It’s found with fewer things; less clutter; a simple approach to life. Just the necessities.”

It is this deep-seated mindset or even conscious decision that leads us to a less cluttered and simpler approach to our times spent in the outdoors.

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Nature and the outdoors can teach us wonderful things and provides us with an abundance of wisdom that is universally transferrable to life. One of the most important lessons it gives us is making a commitment to a simpler life(remember weight is critical) is one of the surest ways to happiness and peace.

There are plenty of those throughout the world who make a fine living out of extolling the virtues that life, happiness and fulfillment are only achieved through the accumulation of stuff. When at the end of all days, they say the winners were the ones with the biggest pile of stuff.

Conversely, nature and the outdoors are teaching us that really you don’t need all this “stuff” to be content. Some shelter over your head, a few clothes to wear and food in your tummy and life is good. Isn’t that the base story of any backcountry trip report? You had shelter, clothes and you ate – the perfect trip!

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The beauty of what Mother Nature is enlightening us on is that the foundation for happiness and serenity is sourced from within ourselves, not based on something external.

It is an “art of wealth” that is eternally sustainable. Why?  The infrastructure or support for it is not based on the accumulation of tangible “stuff”, but the intangible – the stuff that is found within our soul; within us.

Nature is telling us if you want happiness do this:

  1. pack what is absolutely necessary to have
  2. look at what would be nice to have, but not critical
  3. get rid of the rest
  4. focus on Items 1 and 3

There is much to learn from a canoe trip or backpacking adventure. Most of us head outdoors to enjoy a simpler environment provided by time spent in nature. To escape the craziness that we’re surrounded by on a day-to-day basis.

Mother Nature is also telling us to quit this hypocritical stance. You say you want a simpler life, but you do nothing to get anywhere near close to achieving even an ounce of it. She is screaming at us to step back to see a bigger picture.

You want a simpler life? Yes or no?

She’s got a lesson to leave you with whose value will rise above the weight you choose to carry on your back.

Remember – weight is critical.

Thanks for reading.

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Short and Sweet – Essential Oils

Both Lynn and I, know many people who extensively use essential oils as part of their own health and wellness routine. While we don’t extensively use them, we do use a few on a regular basis for our own wellness. And in all honesty, the ones we partake in, do work and work very well.

Regardless of the side one might fall on the “essential oil fence,” there is no denying this fact.

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Owen Sound – Indian Falls

Over the past couple of weeks, things are slowly opening up again after being on a force shutdown or lockdown for the past 10 or 11 weeks or so.

Most people I know don’t really know what day it is anymore(or really care), seeing as the “stay at home” requirements made days seamlessly flow from one day to the next, with each one for the most part exactly like the one before(real-life Ground Hog Day).

I think most and that includes myself, have quarantine fatigue or isolation fatigue(at least that’s what experts on the news say we have). Where people have had enough of the lockdown and “stay at home” directives and need to at least get outside and get on with their lives as best they can.

In Ontario, we are currently in the midst of a heatwave of sorts. Yesterday(Tuesday) we had temperatures approaching 30 degrees C and with the high humidity, the temperatures where near 38 to 39 degrees C.

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With these temperatures and nice weather, it is virtually impossible to keep people inside anymore. On weekends now, parks and hiking trails are seeing more use than ever.

Part of the opening of facilities in Ontario has been Provincial Parks and Provincial Conservation Reserves for day use trips only.

Seeing as there really isn’t any published playbook for handling a “worldwide pandemic crisis – how to reopen stuff”, there was and continues to be some confusion as to what outdoor amenities are open and conversely what is still closed.

A Provincial Conservation Reserve is owned and operated by the province. Conservation Areas on the other hand are not. They are owned and operated by local conservation authorities. Conservation Reserves are open; Conservation Areas are not(I think – although some may be open).

See the confusion.

Nevertheless, last year about this time, Lynn and I trekked from the “old homestead” north-west to the Indian Falls Conservation Area which is part of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.

A great little hike to the falls and not far(just a few kilometres) from the City of Owen Sound.

From May 2019

Over the long weekend here in Ontario, we took the Sunday to head over to the Owen Sound area to check out Indian Falls, located just north and west of the community.

We had been here twice before. Once in the fall several years ago and once this past winter.

In the past, we always thought that it would be interesting to hike along the bottom of the ravine in which the Indian River flows to get to the falls from the bottom.

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Leaving mid-morning from the “old homestead” we arrived in the parking lot at the Indian Falls Conservation Area close to noon. Sort of forgetting it was the long weekend, I had made the assumption that it wouldn’t be that busy with people hiking out to see the falls.

Wrong!

It was plenty busy.

Nevertheless, we packed up Lynn’s camera equipment and trotted off down the trail.

When we were here back in 2017, the trail at the beginning followed the river bed over a rock-strewn trail to reach a short set of stairs and then continuing on towards the actual falls. In 2017, we found it, not that difficult as we had our dog, Katie, with us.

I’m assuming that high water levels over the past while have caused people to by-pass the rocky and now water covered trail and to create a new path along the slope of the river bank.

Now it as a challenging path slick with mud and difficult to navigate.

So, if you visit be prepared for a challenging go of it prior to reaching the stairs that traverse up the slope to the top of the ravine.

After watching several families with small children slip, trip and slide along this slick new path, Lynn and I scrambled along the river bottom to get to the base of Indian Falls.

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We have had a fair amount of rain throughout the spring and combined with snowmelt that would still be moving along in watersheds and river systems, there was still a significant amount of water flowing over the falls. In the summer, that falls can be reduced to a mere trickle.

We made our way out into the middle of the river to set up on a flat rock.

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DSC_0084-EditDSC_0084-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit-EditWhile we were there, I kept hearing this chirping sound that seemed close to us. It was coming from this little fella.

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He had obviously become separated from his mom and siblings and was desperately swimming around and scrambling along the river bank calling and searching for them. For the time we were there, unfortunately, we didn’t see any other duck or ducklings that might have been his family.

I hope things turned out all right for him.

What started as a glorious and sunny afternoon, soon however turned into an afternoon of thunderstorms and rain.

And with the start of rain and cracks of thunder, we started to make the trek back to the car.

Not wanting to take the muddy and now even muddier and slicker route back, we found a scrambling route up through some rocks to the main trail at the top of the ravine. We followed the trail to the steps down to the bottom of the ravine.

At this point, we sort of looked at each other and decided, “we’re wet now, so let’s hop and jump along the “old river bottom path” and avoid that sketchy new path.”

By the time we had got back to the parking lot, the rain had stopped(sort of). As a side note, Lynn and I both wear a brand of quick-dry outdoor clothing and using just our own body heat, our pants and shirts were dry in less than an hour.

As I knew that thunderstorms and bad weather would be with us for the rest of the day, we decided to head over to Harrison Park located on the south edge of Owen Sound.

Again, with it being the long weekend, Harrison Park was very busy with families enjoying the sights and sounds of the park.

A few pictures from there.

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As Lynn had been recovering from an abdominal and upper leg muscle injury, plus just getting over a touch of the flu we decided to go on the side of caution and call it a day.

Good thing too.

Not long after leaving Harrison Park, the heavens opened up once again with heavy rain and high winds.

Nevertheless, even though Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating the best, it still made for a wonderful day out.

Owen Sound and this area of Bruce and Grey counties is one spot to put on your “to do/must-visit list” for the summer. Great hiking opportunities, shopping, restaurants and parks all provide the basis to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Short and Sweet – Yesterday Was The Day(Bruce Trail)

Yesterday was the day.

If you were around yesterday, you would have read or should have read this post – (Short and Sweet – The Day Has Arrived).

And with a restounding yes, we did manage to get out to hike a section of the Bruce Trail, about an hour or so from the “old homestead.”

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With brilliant sunshine and temperatures that were cresting 20 degrees Celcius in the afternoon(ignore that silly 18 degrees) in the screenshot, it was the perfect afternoon for our first significant “outdoor escape” during COVID_19.

We hiked much further than we and specifically I had anticipated, given the state of Lynn’s back over the past two or three weeks.

At the end of it all, we spent about 3.5 to 4 hours and totalled +/- 9 kilometres in an adventure that took us from our car located on County Road 91 into the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve and back again.

Lynn is still processing the many pictures that she took, but here are a few I snapped with my phone.

We met only two other couples during the entire time we were out. And yes, social distancing on the trail worked just perfectly.

Did getting out yesterday in the sun and summer temperatures help to shake off COVID_19 blues?

For me it did and Lynn certainly expressed her thrill at being back outside on a trail again. So, I guess it did for her as well.

Stay tuned for a more detailed post with plenty of pictures of our afternoon on the Bruce Trail.

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Thoughts From The Wilderness – No Man Is An Island

John Donne’s poem written back in the 17th century contains the phrase “No man is an island, entire of itself.”

For the past several months, most of us have been living an existence of self-isolation or quarantine which makes within those four walls of our homes seem like we’re at times “an island cut off” from everyday life.

And how many of us felt like or even to continue to feel like the island we’re on isn’t that far from shore, because we can clearly see the mainland(across the street). The worse part is even though we can see the shore over yonder, we can’t seem to safely navigate the passage to get there yet.

Depending on where you are reading this from, some of you may be in the position of having many restrictions still in place at the moment. Others, including our own province are starting to have restrictions lifted to one degree or another. Even though many of us may feel right now that we are “an island – entire of itself” given quarantine orders, social distancing and simply staying at home, the reality is we’re not “an island” at all.

helping handDuring the ongoing pandemic that we find the world in, “being an island” or assuming we’re “in this by ourselves” for the most part is simply a choice that we have made.

The stark reality is “we are all in this together” to one degree or another.

It would be exceedingly difficult to find anyone just about anywhere, that isn’t been affected to some extent in their daily life by the COVID_19 crisis.

A bit of a trite cliche, but “we all are in this together.” 

But during all of this and even now, nowhere have I ever heard anything along the lines of, “Everyone, you’re on your own during this crisis” or “be prepared to be an island by yourself.”

You see, there is a huge difference between “being an island by yourself” and “feeling like you’re an island by yourself.”

Every once in a while, we need a hand; a lift over an obstacle that is in front of us or a circumstance that stands in our way.

2020wThis picture is of the Big Chute Marine Railway that lifts boats at Lock #44 on the Trent-Severen Waterway in Ontario.

In fact, it is located about 30 minutes from the “old homestead.”

Having visited the marine railway on many occasions, this is a prime example of needing a “helping hand” or a lift over an obstacle that is in front of us.

No amount of wishing, pushing, hoping or any type of feeling is going to get your boat up or down through this location without using the marine railway.

As far as I know, there wasn’t any playbook written for most of us ordinary folk to follow on how to deal with a worldwide pandemic when this started two or three months ago. How many of us are essentially flying by the “seat of our pants” and adapting to new rules, restrictions and changes to our daily lives as they seemingly change on a daily basis?

What was the “new normal” on Wednesday becomes old and lucky us, there is a bright “new normal” awaiting us when we wake up on Thursday morning.

Of the many new truths that I’ve found during this crisis, is that we have choices that are right in front of our faces on a daily basis. We can follow health guidelines or not; we can order take out or do curb-side pick up for dinner as compared to cooking dinner one more time or we can look for the positives in the cards we’ve been dealt with or we can not.

It’s all choices.

We also have another choice in this crisis that has affected all of us. Yes, everyone has to one degree or another been affected by COVID_19.

The choice we have is are we tackling getting through this by being “an island by yourself” or reaching out if you need to get a helping hand in order to get over some obstacle that is in front of you.

There are far too many situations facing people at this very moment that may require a “helping hand” during the COVID_19 trial we’re confronted with to begin listing them.

But, remember “we’re all in this together.”

The “helping hand” you need right now, maybe the same thing your cousin, sister or closest friend faced two weeks ago. Reach out to them.

If homeschooling isn’t working well for you and your family, reach out to your child’s teacher or other parents in the class. They may be going exactly the same thing and experiencing the same issues as you are. More minds tackling a problem is a good thing.

You may be facing some mental wellness struggles due entirely from COVID_19. Contact your doctor or local health unit for resources that have been created and are available specifically to deal with mental wellness concerns during this time.

“Being an island by yourself” is a choice.

John Donne did pretty much hit the nail of the head several hundred years ago – “No man is an island, entire of itself.”

 

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