Oliver Evans (1755-1819) was a prolific Virgo inventor who had brilliant ideas for steam engines, urban gas lighting, refrigeration and automated machines. He made a radical prediction: “The time will come when people will travel in stages moved by steam engines, almost as fast as birds fly, 15 or 20 miles an hour.” We may be surprised that a visionary innovator like Evans dramatically minimized any future possibilities. In the same way, later in your life, you may laugh at how much you’re underestimating future potentials now. Stop underestimating.
In June 2012, a U.S. Senator introduced a bill that would require all members of Congress to actually read or listen to a reading of any bill before voting on it. The proposal has been in limbo ever since, and it’s unlikely it’ll ever be treated seriously. I’m confused – shouldn’t it be a fundamental requirement for all lawmakers know what’s in the laws they pass? Don’t make a similar error. Understand exactly what you’re getting into, whether it’s a new agreement, interesting invitation or tempting opportunity. Be thoroughly informed.
In the wild, very few oysters produce pearls – about one in every 10,000. Most commercial pearls are from farmed oysters, induced by human intervention. As you might expect, the natural jewel is far more precious. Use these facts as metaphors as we speculate about your fate in the next eight months.
The journey that awaits is succinct but epic. It’ll last a relatively short time but take months to fully understand. You may feel natural and ordinary as you go through it, even as you’re being heroic. Prepare as best as you can, but keep in mind no amount of preparation will get you completely ready for the spontaneous moves you’ll have to perform.
In three years, you’ll comprehend truths about your life that you can’t grasp now. By then, confusing past events will make sense. You’ll know their purpose and why they occurred. Can you wait that long? If you’d rather not, do a meditation.
As I hike through the wilderness at dusk, crickets always seem to be humming in the distance. No matter where I go, their sound is farther off, never up close. How can that be? Do they move away as I approach? No leaping insects in the underbrush.
The 15-year-old granddaughter of Cliven Bundy (the Nevada rancher whose dispute with the federal government caused a notorious standoff in March) told Las Vegas’ KSNV-TV that her dad (Bundy’s son) was withdrawing her from her high school because officials would not allow her to carry a knife on campus. She said her dad has taught his kids (just like Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS) to “always” carry a knife.
In August, a Bradenton, Florida, deputy sheriff was forced to duplicate a classic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark when he was advanced upon by a menacing-looking, samurai-sword-swinging, 31-year-old man. The deputy, perhaps as nonplussed as Indiana Jones was, shot him dead.
It’s no secret. The population’s wealthy 1 percent has been getting progressively wealthier as the poor become steadily poorer. I’m worried there’s a metaphorically similar trend in your life. Do all you can to reverse it. Borrow energy from the rich, abundant parts of your life to lift up neglected, underendowed parts.
For a long time, Illinois writer ArLynn Leiber Presser didn’t go out much. She had 325 Facebook friends and was content to get social needs met in the virtual realm. Then she embarked on a year-long project, seeking face-to-face meetings with all of her online buddies.