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And So It Goes


And so it goes. Elections have come and gone, and the nation seems about as divided as it’s been since (forever ago) this election began. There’s fury, ecstasy, worry, optimism, and also a sense of detachment. In spite of all this, life goes on. And if we choose to be fine, we will be fine. If we choose to get mired in the muck, well, that’s where we’ll end up!

And so it goes that as a polarized society we won’t be united in everything, but we can at least try to understand the points of view that differ from our own without necessarily having to change our own positions. In this simple sounding but rather more difficult task of understanding divergent views, we must try to avoid the alarming trend of villainizing and dehumanizing those with different perspectives. I get it; you’re right, and they’re wrong. But the converse might also have a ring of truth, and it’s at least worth the exercise of changing our perspective from a standard default position. Please be kind.

And so it goes with the added insult to injury of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the US and elsewhere, there comes the promising news of a vaccine with a seemingly high efficacy rate. Though maybe not a silver bullet, it’s an apparent assurance that a path to normalization exists and that we’re approaching the end of the beginning -- or possibly even the beginning of the end!

And so it goes that as the coming weeks and months bring further developments, the panacea that travel can bring to our lives when we need it so badly, ought to have us all thinking about how, when, where and WHY we wish to travel. I encourage you again to dream about travel, and to remember that “attention is invitation”. So draw some attention to a happy place, and invite that discovery to begin.

Destination Inspiration: BERMUDA

Travel Tip: WANDERLIST TOOL (to assist in your dreaming)

Philip James Travel thanks you for reading our newsletter on an ongoing basis. We welcome topic suggestions – otherwise, you’re at the mercy of what we’re thinking. And so it goes!

-Philip

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”

Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1880 French Novelist

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