S3 E29 — Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau

Jealousy raised its little green head when it came to selecting each day’s Holiday Tau over the course of one year.  At first I didn’t know what I was in for.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 29 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 16th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year; S3 E27What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment


I hadn’t considered the numbers, the odds.  

Robotically I turned to the “Comics” page in the print edition.  Yes, down at the bottom right hand corner you’d view six comics next to the “CrossWord” on its left side and under “Ask Amy” whose headline for the day is a provocative “Wedding cost her friends.”  

Across the top you’ll also find Sudoku, Bridge and Kenken and wedged in the middle left column you’ll see “Horoscope” with a warning —“The horoscope should be read for entertainment.”

Nothing about jealousy. If I gambled I’d realize statistically given 12 possible TauBits of Wisdom my Holiday Tau would either suck or pale in comparison to the 11 others.  

Which is a long way of saying I was in it for finding and collecting wise sayings I could put to use right away, or at least in the near future.

Here’s a sample from the Findings section of the 1-year report which illustrates how I stole from all the others, changed the categories and color coded them over time to Practical Projects, Work (Volume Two Manuscript), Legacy (Volume Three Manuscript) and Inner Dreams and Intimacies —  and finally grouped them by type of advice.

Scorpios = my legitimate Holiday Tau

Key to the initial categories abandoned during the first 60 days:

W = Wisdom

Y = the best over a year

S = silly

N = support for Steve as a name

Future by Design

N — “Once upon a time, you made up your mind about who you wanted to be, and now embody that vision.  Once again, you’ll imagine a new version.  You’ll attract the people who can help you willfully create the circumstances to help you evolve.  Love yourself as you are.  It’s your last chance before the leap.”

Lifestyle Biz Art Form

Y —“The way to live your life and/or run your business is as much a work of art as anything you produce.  As you express yourself and follow your muse, you show people a path they hadn’t thought of.  Your novel leadership will open the door to the sort of experiences you dreamed about having when you were small.”

Filters and Opinions

W — “To see the world how it is, lift the lenses you’re looking through and take off the filters and rules you’ve superimposed.” 

“People are open to opinions they agree with.  You have a lot of respect for one who entertains other points of view.  Real communication resolves conflicts.”

W, Y— Scorpios: “People can experience similar circumstances very differently.  You’ll live this today.”

Friendships and Relationships

S W — “You will go out of your way, waste your time and break your budget in the name of friendship.  This is how you know you’re doing it right.  For your love and generosity, you’ll be meaningfully rewarded beyond your wildest imaginings.”

W, Y— Scorpios: “You know intellectually that you’re connected to the people who live so far away, though you don’t always feel that connection as powerfully as you will today.”

Coaching and Advising

“You’ll inspire, coach and facilitate big successes for the ones you care about.  In doing so, you’ll fulfill your own destiny and profit in all the ways that matter to you.  Your connection with family deepens through shared work.”


Y —“You’re like a U2 song because you’ve quested for years, searched high and low, yet still haven’t found what you’re looking for.  That’s good news.  If you were settled, then you wouldn’t go on the incredible adventures in store for this year, one of which begins in another person’s loving eyes.” 

Luck and Resourcefulness

Y —“Dumb luck brings brilliant outcomes.  You’ve a tendency to gravitate toward the action and then pay attention to your environment, making the most of the things you just happen to stumble upon.  You’ll get a top buyer for your work, property or ideas.”

Clarity and Action

W — “Mental fog lifts; you see your situation vividly, know the next move, and there’s nothing stopping you.  Is it the right goal?  Don’t worry about that.  As long as you are moving, you’ll find your way to the right goal.”

Mastery and Development

Y —“This is no time to back down.  You’re well on your way to becoming a master.  Your ability develops with every assignment you take on, so seek the teachers and situations that will throw a lot at you.  The time to invest in loved ones will be the source of your strength, pride and best moments.”

See? Out of twelve I selected only two intended for me. What’s that …  a measly 16.7%. I’m glad I didn’t settle!


Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Oh, every once in a while I’d feel jealous that I wasn’t born on a great day.  So, yeah I’d swipe this one. Passion diving is fun and I have a body of knowledge that eludes me.  Two subjects.  I wonder what they will be?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Floating on a strong current of love and support, you’re able to dive into your passions. A lifelong learner, you’ve amassed an impressive body of knowledge. Yet, in many ways, you’ve barely scratched the surface. This year enlightens you further on two subjects dear to your heart and applicable to daily life.

Hey Smithy and Stevie, would it be okay if instead of capturing these ideas on post-its I accomplish the same thing by computer and iPhone?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Treasures at the back of your mind now need to come forward. Get the ideas on paper. The phrases keep you pointed in a particular direction. Put them where you look often — in your wallet, on your bathroom mirror, in your phone.” Gemini

Is your Holiday Tau saying forget getting caught up in politics?  But, maybe capitalize on the ongoing feuds?  If so, count me in!

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Let the world argue endlessly about the sorry state of things. You know the truth: It is what you make of it. Your intense focus on the positive can turn almost anything into your ideal scenario.” Leo

Hey, Steve am I right in interpreting your TauBit of Wisdom as a companion message to your co-founder and the two comedians?

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You get out of relationships what you put into them. You make the effort, and the others meet you halfway, though maybe not immediately. It’s OK because you’re willing to take more initiative in the early stages.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 organically grown followers




    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent
    • “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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