At Wise As Stories, we like to begin each month with writing our horoscope for the month ahead. This is part of a tongue-in-cheek series we call "create your own destiny". No, we are not pretending to be psychics nor is this a new-age manifestation exercise! Rather it's a practical endeavour to clear the mind and create a sense of possibility for the month ahead. Where that takes us is something we will no doubt find over time. Intrigued? Join our movement and at the start of each month write your own horoscope.
Hey it's September 2021! Are we there yet?
It feels a bit like that, doesn't it?
For over 18 months now we have been dealing to a lot of uncertainty. Inconsistent and often times illogical government policies has been dictating the ebbs and flows of our lives. It seems that even a global pandemic has not managed to stop our narcissist and sociopathic leaders from playing politics...
As decent everyday folks, dutifully staying at home, we've had to dig deep to find meaning, joy and fulfilment in our rapidly shrinking worlds.
Some have and are thriving. Others not so much. By now we've all learnt that there is no need for judgement. We all have our individual experience of life. What's important is that we honour what we feel and just be with it.
As far as COVID is concerned, there is no end in sight, at least not this side of the year; there is still much to be learnt of the varying nature of the virus, the resilience of our medicines and the wisdom of our public policies.
So an apt way to start September 2021 is with the mindset that no, we are not there yet, and will probably not get there for a while. We have however gotten over the 'COVID winter' (speaking to the Southern hemisphere dwellers) and now in these first days of September, are ready to welcome the 'COVID spring'.
Expand your horizons this 'COVID spring'
Spring is about renewal, growth and expansion - Over September, let it be so with our minds.
When our outer world shrinks, we need to take the time to expand our inner world.
The best way to do this is to take stock of our lives and this pandemic in its global context.
Develop a global perspective
Some of the most poignant images in our human history is the sight of our planet Earth from space.
These images remind us of the reality of our existence as 'Earthlings'; our past, present and future intimately interconnected with the each other and our planet.
It's hard to say it any better than Carl Sagan's beautifully penned 'Pale Blue Dot'.
The global pandemic ironically serves as an apt reminder of this.
It teaches us once again that nature doesn't care about our man-made divisions - whether it be based on nationalities, ideologies, race, caste or creed.
To her, we are but one species, amongst many species, that evolved to live out their lives on this precious planet. It feels that the key to emerging out of this pandemic is recognising this very thing:
At the end of the day we are all the same, our fortunes and misfortunes are intimately inter-linked to each other and our planet, and there cannot be any personal victories here without a resolution for the collective.
Indulge in a thought experiment
September 2021 may just be the perfect time to look beyond the confines of our homes and ask ourselves what we can bring to the collective, to the world at large?
There's no doubt that most people do an immense amount of service to their immediate families and friends. But this may just be the time to stretch our imaginations and ask - is there more that we can do for :
our extended families
our friends' friends
our neighbours and local communities
all the folks in our country
the global community of humans
Don't stop there... ask what about for:
the birds in our garden
the bees that pollinate half of our food
the native animals in our country
all plants, animals and insects, everywhere in the world
How far can we go?
Go ahead and just do it
It's easy to dismiss all this and say I have enough on already thank you very much.
And it's true, most people have more than enough on thanks to full-time work and kids home schooling. Not to mention folks in business who have had to shut up shop for weeks now. What about all their employees who are no doubt are facing financial difficulties?
These are all true - and certainly hold for us as well. But this is more-so the reason why we need to do this thought experiment.
It's too easy in this life to get caught up in a 'me-me-me' world - and before you know it, all the challenges we face start looming larger and larger until they appear as solid, insurmountable obstacles!
Being able to put aside 'me' and 'my' problems, even for five minutes a day, and focusing on how we can be of service to others has a strangely therapeutic effect on the mind.
It brings a new vigour in our lives and opens us ideas and possibilities we may not have considered before.
So even though it sounds crazy, take the time this September to just do the thought experiment and see where it takes you?