Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Structure

I just read that one out of ten Belgians take anti-depressants. Holy crap, that is some rather disturbing statistics?!

But then again, I have crossed path with many unhappy and toxic people. What I noticed is that these negativities usually spawn from boredom, lack of structure and unhealthy lifestyles.

Having some sort of structure is important to me. Every night when I go to bed, I know that I will eagerly get up the next day because I have things to do. It is simple, you either plan and decide what to do with your time (your life), or end up being jostle around by unwarranted factors.

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Health

Costly Health

“The ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy,” said Warren Buffett. – Wall Street Journal

In my mid-thirties and at the peak of my career, I have followed my heart and moved from the US to Belgium. Back then, it had seemed to be a risky life-changing decision. My decision has led to ten years of improved health under one of the best (and inexpensive) healthcare systems in the world.

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Health, Simplify

Delicious Deep Sleep

There is a simple and very logic explanation as to why I cannot sleep well when I am ill. Being sick means I tire easily, and that in turn makes me rest a lot during the day. Sitting and napping are not things that encourages a good night sleep. I now realise that I need a significant dose of daily activities such as cleaning, cooking, gardening, etc. in order to put my body in low energy mode.

Since recovering from this flu two days ago, I have gradually return to being my squirrelly self. The moving about has at last allowed me to have my usual pass-out type of sleep. I slept well last night. Oh how I have missed my deep, glorious, dream-filled sleep!

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Health, Jibber Jabber

Rested

At last, a daytime nap that did not leave me feeling groggy and worse. I actually feel a bit rested now. The restless nights have been taking a toll on my well-being. Now I am on my way of getting better, I hope.

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Food & Drinks, Health

Ginger Root

A friend once told me that the Cantonese people are known for their heavy usage of ginger root.

So, maybe it is the Cantonese in me that is calling out for ginger lemon tea in order to suppress the beginning of a cough. For lunch today, I made carrot soup so that D may have something warm for his quizzy stomach. But I inadvertently spiced this with a bit too much grated ginger. Luckily, D’s fine palette is in a coma right now?!

At this moment, my brain is actively recalling and searching out recipes that include ginger root as one of the ingredients. Who knows, maybe this culinary preference is going to speed up D’s recovery and strengthen my immunity. One can hope…

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Health, Simplify

Sick Days

D got really ill starting Saturday evening. By Sunday, he was down and out. He was not able to hold in any food, and was having sudden coughing fits which woke him from his naps throughout the day.

Although I was not feeling well myself, my household routines and restless character kept me going. After taking one long nap yesterday afternoon to make up for lost sleep, I just carried on with my weekend. I kept one eye on a sick and exhausted D, prepared food, and did my weekend chores. Most importantly, I made sure that I take care of myself so that I do not fall sick next.

It sucks to lose precious time because we are sick. No one wants to be weakened by illnesses and be reminded of our immortalities. But that is life. Once a while, we have to turn everything off and put life on pause. Rest and recovery.

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Health, Human Nature

Average People

From an article entitled Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity:

  • Most people will never become truly successful.
  • Most people are not willing to fail.
  • The mediocre majority doesn’t value learning.
  • Winners act like winners before they become a winner.
  • You seek money and titles, not experience and transformation.
  • You spend more time being jealous than working on succeeding.

In conclusion:

  • Choose success over mediocrity.
  • Choose learning instead of entertainment.
  • Choose personal growth instead of jealousy.
  • Choose what you want, not what anyone else wants.
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Creative Business, Health, Simplify

New Computer Time

Today, I reschedule my daily computer time. From now on I will only turn on my computer in the mid afternoon. This new adaptation means freeing up about two hours of daylight after lunch. Time for me to read, and to do non-computer related activities. I will adapt to this new schedule swiftly and perform my trio-continental tasks efficiently and effectively.

Choose life!

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Health, Human Nature

Lazy Brain

I have wrote about this before. That people are getting stupider by the day because of our current technology.

Today I read a scientific research which claimed that the brain will conserve energy and not make the effort in remembering things, if it knows there is a computer in the vicinity! God damn, with our smart phones literally glued to our palms, does that mean that we are heading towards an eventual brain atrophy?

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