The Summer of the Rising Tides, Day 58: Transitions

July 28, 2020-

I formally put in for my full Social Security, this morning, so that it will take effect on my seventieth birthday. There’s always a chance that the upper 5 % will move to cut back the amount, but right now, that seems mainly a scare story.

Every day is a transition of some kind. The amount of daylight increases or decreases, depending on where one lives. Some people enter this life and others leave. Some catch the virus, others recover. Most of us have not done either.

I follow the passage of time, even in the relatively unchanging weather of Arizona, fairly easily still-a wall calendar is one of the first things I see in the morning, upon waking; the newspaper is of different sizes and has a different feature section, each day and my Zoom calendar shows different meetings, depending on the day of the week.

Transitions of a wider scope are bound to continue this year, and for several years to come. COVID19 is all that those who are trying to get a handle on it can see, so the WHO and others are shouting that it, alone, will dominate world affairs, for 5-10 years. No pandemic has lasted that long, though some return 50 or 100 years after their first go round.

There are many other sea changes that are sure to come, socially, economically and politically. The ones that take, will be those with a spiritual basis.

The more things change, this time they just may not stay the same.

4 thoughts on “The Summer of the Rising Tides, Day 58: Transitions

  1. The likelihood of a social security cutback seems to depend upon whether one is already collecting that benefit yet or not — those who already receive checks are likely to be ok, but those who come later are likely to see reduced payments. There are many other ways to “save” social security — by requiring payroll taxes on all payroll (rather than limited as currently), by delaying the full retirement age, etc. and perhaps by reducing the annual COLA adjustment, as has been done before.

    The Covid transitions are the odd ones for me — I would have never imagined that I would be living out my last 20-30 years in such a messy world!

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    • Mitt Romney has said that everyone needss to take a cut. I can’t imagine any Presidential candidate in his/her right mind going along with that. The operative term being “right mind”. Yes, Covid is ptentially more of a long-term fix, mainly because of the greed over money to be made from vaccines.


  2. I would like to see lasting change on the social justice front – only time will tell… As for the SS target age – congratulations! We are postponing taking SS until 70 as well. At least that is what the financial advisor recommended!

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