Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity. Today I talk about the most illusive of dreams. It seems what is logical and what isn’t changes and moves over time. Wrap it all up in a big bow and you’ve got my New Year’s blogpost and podcast. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
According to https://www.dictionary.com/browse/logic there are several different definition of logic. In this case, “I refer mostly to “reason or sound judgment, as in utterances or actions.” I’m sometimes left to wonder if there is any logic in a lot of the stuff that goes on in the world. Perhaps I’ve seen too many fail videos. I find that the stuff that gets millions of views seem to be the ones that make no logical sense. As in why would anyone even think to do this? It seems that people think it is better to risk illness and death, which I guess is their prerogative. The main problem I have with this is that they tend to take people with them on their defiant journey. If they were just a risk to themselves, then it might not be so bad, but current conditions means that it risks others as well.
However as Ambrose Bierce states, “Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.” May clear up the confusion over the seemingly huge lack of logic that one finds these days. Everything from politicians making threats online to people spreading misinformation. There is a malaise these days, maybe from being stuck in too much, from being unable to do most things that they would normally do and other factors. It is pervasive and everyone can get caught in this cycle. People ask questions, but not always the question that needs to be asked. People make assumptions that are faulty and assume that they are put upon by being requested to follow medical advice. The advice does change from day to day, but most of the people trying to lead have not had the experience of a huge all-encompassing pandemic. Of course there is the past to fall back on, but those who do seem to get confused and make faulty assumptions about the information they find using medieval times as a sample. This is not even a close comparison. There were not half the standards that exist today. Even a closer look at the 1918 Pandemic (also misnamed the Spanish Flu) will give you a better idea than going to medieval times.
Then, of course, there are the social network sites where there are all sorts of opinions, some of which seem to want to create more dissent. Now, the most interesting thing about that is if you have an interest in history, you will find https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu very illuminating, since it appears we’re in the middle of a historic repeat when you read the problems of the time. As Edmund Burke is reported to have stated, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” So, if you want to share information, be sure to know what you are sharing and understand what the actual history story is. Seek out valid information, seek out information that has replications of the same facts. If you do look, you will see parallels and you will also see that they suggested that deaths were actually cut by the use of masks. Also there were people who fought against them. It’s not new folks…it’s been there all along.
It seems the use of social networks, for some, is an avenue to share positive and uplifting messages. For others, it is one to find fault with everything and everyone. So, my suggestion for the 2022 year is let’s all make the effort to try to make this a more pleasant and meaningful experience. As I have heard said before, it is what it is. We are where we are, we have what we have. Things might have changed for the worse. We’ve lost people, we’ve lost time, and we’ve had to be locked up. At this point, it seems we aren’t turning a corner, but we’re increasing cases. Let’s use compassion, let’s use logic. Let’s keep our elderly and those of weakened immune systems safe. Let’s work toward being as well as we can be. Rekindle your passion in learning or in doing charity work or in helping your fellow people. Find a way to educate yourself about different groups and different beliefs. Everyone has the ability to do something of value that is positive. Allow 2022 to be a positive year no matter what happens or what changes. You’ve got this! You can make it a better year for yourself and for everyone around you. This is a whole New Year in which to make a whole new start. Each year gives you this gift.
Let’s start the New Year 2022 by learning a few things that might help make this a better time. I’ve had a couple of articles that I found about behavioural activation. It’s a different way to see the world. It doesn’t mean stuff doesn’t suck. It doesn’t mean that we enjoy what is going on in 2021. It just means that we choose to move forward and make a more positive 2022. It also doesn’t mean that one should not feel what they feel or express what they feel. It just means that you recognize that negative all the time is not working for you. You can move forward to a better 2022! We all can. The articles in question are: https://trailstowellness.org/materials/cbt-and-mindfulness-groups/resources/behavioral-activation and https://www.verywellmind.com/increasing-the-effectiveness-of-behavioral-activation-2797597 it give both a children’s explanation to use with your kids and some tips to using it. No matter what 2021 threw at you, it will give you a start to a more positive and mindful 2022!
Sometimes a New Year can result in a New You. Every new way of being adds to your tools to move forward in a happier and more positive 2022. It can move you forward toward a happier and healthier New Year and new understanding of yourself. I leave you with a couple of quotes of the New Year! “New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt. Of course one should always remember that a New Year is a chance and, “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” —Nido Qubein
Every day and every year is a new chance, a chance to grow, to learn, to move forward. Every day and every year is a new chance to become what you always wanted to be. As C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” I hope this will motivate you to find your best self in 2022! Happy New Year!
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