Sam’s Good News/Memes/Health Talk

sam­bear has good news, but it’s his to tell first 🙂

I don’t real­ly under­stand the attrac­tion of things like the wish meme. It seems to sim­ply run through a script based on what you enter. Lots of peo­ple seem quite tick­led by it, though.

Yet anoth­er book I want: The Art of Get­ting Well by David Spero.

From his site:
Five Steps to Get­ting Bet­ter with Chron­ic Conditions

1. Slow down. Save some ener­gy for our bod­ies and lives, instead of giv­ing every last ounce to work, wor­ry, oth­er demands, or entertainment.

2. Make a change. Change some­thing in our lives that dam­ages us. No mat­ter how small, any suc­cess­ful change builds our self-con­fi­dence and makes the next change easier.

3. Get help. We can’t do it alone; life is a coop­er­a­tive effort. Learn to find and ask for help.

4. Val­ue our bod­ies and our lives. Lis­ten to our bod­ies and treat them with respect. Fill our lives with more plea­sure, love, and rea­sons to live.

5. Grow up. Edu­cate our­selves, take respon­si­bil­i­ty, be assertive. Accept our­selves the way we are, but don’t give up on get­ting better.

Yes, this is a lot, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing Step 4 is real­ly two steps. But you don’t have to do it all. Any­thing you do for your­self will help, and every step along the way will feel good. The whole idea, sup­port­ed by sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies, is that improv­ing our qual­i­ty of life will improve our health. This site will give you a steady source of tips and sup­port in car­ry­ing out the five-step pro­gram. You can get better.

Anoth­er bit:

Dar­lene Cohen healed her­self from rheuma­toid arthri­tis, which had vir­tu­al­ly par­a­lyzed her. She has writ­ten two books on the sub­ject. When I inter­viewed her, she told me the key was “liv­ing from the body’s point of view.”

That is, do what your body wants and needs, not what social demands or your own expec­ta­tions tell you to do. “That means liv­ing a sim­ple life,” she says, “because the body is main­ly inter­est­ed in being fed and relaxed, mov­ing com­fort­ably, being hap­py.” It real­ly doesn’t care much about your pend­ing job pro­mo­tion or your belief that you let your moth­er down by drop­ping out of school. 

I often repeat this advice to clients and friends. Our bod­ies are the most pre­cious assets we have, the great­est gift we are giv­en. They are mar­velous and intel­li­gent, the basis of every­thing we do in life. It cant be right to abuse them and ignore them. 

The amaz­ing thing is that when we act accord­ing to the body’s needs, when we put our bod­ies first, we tend to make deci­sions that are bet­ter for us and for our loved ones. We tend to behave in more appro­pri­ate, effec­tive, and social­ly pos­i­tive ways, and our lives often tend to improve. I recent­ly saw two exam­ples of this dynamic.

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂grate­ful
Cur­rent Music: Sarah McLach­lan “Per­fect Girl”
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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