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Leave it by the River

first_imgThere is ample research to show that people are generally better able to remember unfinished jobs than completed ones. If something is incomplete, it may keep popping in our memory even when we are far away from it, leading to constant rumination even though we may not be in a position to do anything about it. Such thoughts travel back and forth and that is why we keep thinking about that page-turner. However, it’s not necessary that this exists in our sphere of work alone. It can be in the case of life and memories too. Sometimes, it is difficult to put behind things and just move on with our lives. There are times when memory acts like a ball and chain and holds us back — because we relive it over and over again. The main issue is that it is unfinished and incomplete. From emotions to practical assignments, from home to our workplaces — there are a lot of backlogs. And with this, there is a constant resurgence of such thoughts on an auto-pilot mode that keeps playing on our minds over and over and again. In fact, reliving a memory actually strengthens it and the more we relive those unpleasant events, the stronger we make the memory. Thus, it is important to let go. Unfinished businesses can be endless. And nobody gets it right all the time. Therefore, it is important to leave the past in the past and stop dragging it with us wherever we are heading to. Our proverbial ‘backpacks’ seem to be continuously loading up and we keep stuffing them full until one day, whatever is inside it starts spilling out all over the place. It is then that we need to ‘leave it by the River’ and walk away. Also Read – Securing nutritionResponding to experiences emotionally and carrying the perceived notion of the consequences with us into new experiences is not an ideal thing to do. It can hamper us in many more ways that we can think of including being stuck in old habits and exercises which can interfere with realising professional ambitions, healthy relationships, personal happiness and enjoyment of life. Unexpressed feelings of being hurt do hang around. We don’t change until staying the same becomes too uncomfortable. And it is this process that cannot be hasty. Every experience shapes us and helps us grow, no matter how small it is. As Paulo Coelho beautifully puts it: “My heart might be bruised but it will recover and become capable of seeing the beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive…”last_img read more

Ontario reverses course to limit pot shop licences to 25 because of

TORONTO — Months after saying it would not cap the number of licences for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the Ontario government has reversed course, saying it will now only be able to issue 25 licences by April.In a statement Thursday evening, the province says it plans to take a “phased approach” to authorizing retail cannabis outlets because of “severe supply shortages” across the country.Only a limited number of licences will be handed out for the launch of private retailers on April 1, with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario implementing a lottery system to determine who is eligible. The results will be announced in January, the government says.Crop failures, bankruptcies and U.S. competition: Why 2019 could be a complicated year for cannabisExploding demand for pot fuelling a jobs boom that has Canadian firms importing workers to keep upCanada’s cannabis shortage is so severe retailers watch 24/7 for chance to scoop up fresh supply“Taking into consideration the required investments for a prospective Ontario private legal retailer, we cannot in good conscience issue an unlimited number of licences,” said a joint statement from Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.When the Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation to create a regulatory regime for cannabis sales in August, it said it expected a flood of applications from those looking to run private stores. There could be as many as 1,000 retail pot shops in the province after cannabis was legalized, the Tories said at the time.There were to be no caps on the number of stores when the retail model launched, but the government’s legislation allowed for flexibility when it came to the concentration of stores in individual markets.On Thursday, the province blamed the federal government for the cannabis shortage, saying the Liberals must address the issue.“We will continue to urge the federal government to take immediate action to ensure licensed producers ramp up production in order to meet the anticipated market demand for recreational cannabis,” the statement said.The Progressive Conservative plan for pot was a stark change from the previous Ontario Liberal government’s rules.The Liberals had planned to open 40 government-run retail cannabis shops by the summer of 2018, with the network of stores to expand to 150 by 2020.The Tories changed the cannabis retail model because they said expanding the number of stores and moving to a private system would better address demand and curb black market sales.NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh said the government’s decision will only help the illegal cannabis market to thrive.“The Liberal plan to open just 40 cannabis storefronts was a disaster waiting to happen — an open invitation to the illegal cannabis market to operate in Ontario,” Singh said in a statement.“(Premier) Doug Ford’s change of plan to restrict the number of cannabis stores to just 25 is going to make that problem so much worse.”The Cannabis Council of Canada, an industry group representing licensed producers, applauded the Ford government’s decision, calling it a “measured and responsible approach.”“We feel that this will help us ensure that stores are well stocked with the quality cannabis Ontarians demand with the consistency they expect,” executive director Allan Rewak said in an email.“For anyone who might be disappointed in the initial number of stores, I would say that we must remember that legalization is a process, not an act.”The announcement comes on the same day councillors in Toronto and Ottawa voted to allow privately operated retail stores to open within their boundaries.The only legal way for Ontario residents to currently acquire recreational weed is through a government-run website, the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has experienced its own shortages. read more