Health, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Sunny Wednesday

Today the weather took a turn. On this beautiful sunny Wednesday, I buried my kitchen scraps. It pleases me tremendously whenever I do this. I am also surprised every time when I do not come across previous digs. Mother nature works fast.

After composting the kitchen scraps, I roamed about the back yard tidying up fallen leaves. I also went about trimming off dead leaves and twigs. How wonderful it is to be able to be outside doing some garden work, enjoying the sunshine and not too chilly breeze.

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Slow Thought

Read an essay entitled Slow Thought: a manifesto. The following excerpt did a good job in summing up the essence of this movement:

The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on, you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

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No Desktop

I did not switch on my desktop during the weekend. That is two days of not checking my emails. Forty eight hours of not reading any social media news, tweets and feeds.

Instead, I spent my time reading an interesting history book in Dutch. It contains words which made me reached for my dictionary several times. When I got tired, I took a nap on the sofa. A weekend of not clicking away mindlessly in front of my computer – I did not miss a thing!

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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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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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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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