Last year at this time we were at the very beginning of this long journey we are on.
I looked back on my post from this day last year, and what is poignant in a way is that
all the same ideas matter. I called that post Wisdom, Wash, Watch. And that formula
still works. The image is of Deepak Chopra, who I saw speak in Toronto with my
sister years ago. He is the perfect symbol of wisdom, and a warm, caring and kind
human being. I did this portrait for myself for my studio to remind me of his
great ideas. And he is visiting Pugwash in the painting, because he did once
visit me there as a guide when I asked for a guide in a meditation. If you click
the link above you'll read that an impressive crew visited me as guides in that
As far as I know Deepak has never been to Pugwash, Nova Scotia, but he would
love it there. It is beautiful -- red sand, blue skies, and blue ocean, plus astounding
So the Wisdom part of the formula was simple. Be smart, be cautious, social
distance and follow protocols. Wear a mask, and wear it over your nose!
(What is with wearing a mask and leaving your nose out? It's your breathing
that is potentially dangerous to others if you are asymptomatic and have
COVID-19, and your mask over your nose protects you from others.)
Wash is simple. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. We
wash surfaces, have endless bottles of hand sanitizer for the car, and the house.
We wash all of our groceries -- the hard surfaces with rubbing alcohol, the
fruits and vegetables with soap and water. Not everyone does that, but
I watched a CBC TV Marketplace episode about the cleanliness of our major
supermarkets in Toronto (not very clean), and I continue to be a bit fanatical.
And Watch. That's where the pleasure that's essential for the emotional survival
of this nasty pandemic comes in. There is a lot to watch on TV that is a delight.
Now that spring is coming looking out the window, sitting outside, or walking
will fill your eyes, ears, heart and mind with pleasure. Yes the world is still turning.
And yes we are still learning. We have learned so much. I am so sorry for all of
the people who have lost someone to this cruel disease. And it's for them, and for
the wonderful people we lost, that we must carry on the three W's, and maybe by
next year on this day we will all be vaccinated, and this story will slip into history
as life rises up and blooms again in full flower.
Have a loving your life day.