Much water has flown under many bridges during these three weeks — not to mention a fair amount of uncalled for BLOOD.
So, now … with all the protests, DIVISION & soul-searching.
Can we FORGIVE poor Joe?
We all NOW KNOW what he was getting at. I knew all along. SMILE.
Racism isn’t just black & white.
Racism exists in all cultures. We have all heard, in the context of WWII, how racist the Japanese & Chinese are.
Brown folks like I can be terrible racist.
Just a couple of days ago I was in stitches reading about a famous, black West Indian cricket captain who was very aggrieved to discover that the nickname he was called by some of his Indian teammates when he was playing cricket in India was extremely racist. They, all brown (like I), was calling him a ‘blackie’. SMILE.
I am a racist — though, of course, I have a white wife (& she wasn’t the first). Actually, it is possible that I am more of a racist than my wife. She accuses me daily (if not hourly) of being judgemental.
So, what is this all about? What am I leading at.
I have, of course, been thinking. Race, quite rightly, is very much in the forefront. I have no issues with that.
Winston Churchill, and his statue in London, was in the news today. Got me thinking. Yes, Winston was probably slightly more of a racist than I, but by how much?
Lincoln must have had some racial biases. I am convinced that no adult can claim to be at ‘0’ when it comes to racism. I don’t think it is possible.
Most folks who knew my adoptive mother, & she knew a lot of people (given that 3,000 people attended her funeral, & that was just in Sri Lanka), would claim that she had to be the most inclusive person they had every encountered since she was her own mini-U.N. But, in private she was quite the racist. Not a nasty racist. Just a common or garden racist. Among other things she so did not want me to marry anyone white!
I think you are getting my drift.
I could be wrong, BUT I think if we can stay below the 40% mark we are doing good. Yes, of course, there will be those below 40%. I know a few that might qualify. The problem is with those that are beyond the 70% mark.
Oh, and all don’t forget that racist come in all colors.
This was a line in the outstanding ‘Brian Banks‘ movie that I raved about a couple of days ago.
This was NOT new to I. I knew this. Probably known this much of my life.
But, not sure whether YOU realize & appreciate this. Hence, why I am sharing.
Think about it. Think about it.
It is ALL in the mind. Nowhere else. All in the mind.
Happiness starts & ends in the mind.
Do not forget.
Reflect on it.
Click to ENLARGE.
The 2 most salient points made in the article.
I have covered this same ground in my book.
Click to ENLARGE.
Just two relevant pages from my book.
This article is worth it JUST for this one CRITICAL message — said twice:
“Pain — in such cases — becomes the disease.”
“Their pain is not a symptom; it is a disease — one caused by a malfunctioning nervous system”.
So, I am delighted that this article HIGHLIGHTS this very crucial aspect of chronic pain — where pain itself is the disease.
The other key message in this article is that pain is felt (i.e., perceived), tolerated and handled by each person in a different way.
Some folks deal with pain better than others. Some can modulate their pain.
This is another topic dear to I. I talk about this in my ‘Central Pain’ book as well as in my books about ‘Brain Meditation’. Yes, you can teach yourself to handle pain — and do so better than others.
As is inevitable with all ‘National Geographic‘ articles there is a lot of ‘fluff’, ‘futures’ & ‘gratuitous color’. But, the key messages make up for that.
The author, who appears Indian, pussyfoots, shamelessly, around the opioid issue. Touches upon it multiple times BUT avoids taking the issue to its conclusion. NatG does not want to offend anyone!
The article also is way too generous when it comes to doctors. Again it tries not to offend anyone. So many doctors have NO CLUE when it comes to pain. I really do mean that. They are completely clueless.
But, if you can SKIM through this article. If nothing else you should learn that ‘pain can be THE disease — not just a symptom’.
This Counsel About ‘Making Others Smile’ Was Totally Wasted On I; I Have Practised This For 33-Years.
I am a living contradiction and I like living as such.
I have been diagnosed, by psychologists as an ‘off-the-scale’ extrovert. That is why I, in my storied life, managed to snag so many plumb sales/marketing jobs. SMILE. But, I am also, by choice, a recluse! I can go for five, six or more days without ‘going out’. No, I am never housebound. I go out and walk/run for at least 90-minutes a day, but I do not need to go shopping, eating, drinking or anything else.
But, when I go out, I make sure that I make people SMILE. That I make them feel warm inside. I have done that, each and every time I have gone out, for 33-years.
Something about “bringing sunshine into other people’s life“.
It is easy for I. People just smile when they see my face. They have all my life. I kid you not. I think they feel sorry for them.
Today, I know for a FACT, that I made at least TWO people, one male, one female, smile.
Oh, I also hand out chocolates. That really makes people SMILE.
But, I can also SMILE.
I SMILE a lot. I am happy most of the time.
I also know how to smile. SMILE.
Well, this sign was at our orthodontists. Kind of self-serving. But, it amused I.
But, from what I can see, there are ‘wearables’ and then there are other ‘wearables’.
I would hate to equate these so called ‘brain wearables’ with a smartwatch or fitness tracker. To I there is a fundamental differences. Brain wearables are trying, via technology and some form of direct electromagnetic stimulation, to modify your behavior. A fitness tracker or smartwatch ONLY tries to ‘interfere’ with your behavior via motivation and/or shame. BIG difference.
I am familiar with tDCS technology. I have talked about it in my ‘Central Pain’ book. tDCS can work. But, with wearables the manufacturers have to be ULTRA cautious. They don’t want folks accidently frying their brains! So, they have to severely constrain the power output they deliver. And that is the crunch. tDCS, TMS or ECT administered under supervision can — and will — use significantly more juice. That in my opinion is what will cripple brain wearables. They will not be able to deliver adequate ‘juice’ to really make a difference.
So keep this in mind as you are reading about and evaluating brain wearables.
Though I did 7-years of chemistry in school I am sure I never learnt the stuff I am finding out from this book. I am learning something new in nearly every paragraph and I love learning new things.
But, what I learned about Iodine last night gave me quite the scare.
Our brain needs iodine. Without iodine our brain doesn’t work as well as it should. For a start it impacts your memory.
But, here was the kicker. Most people get all the iodine they (and their brain) need from iodised salt — i.e., salt with iodine added to it.
And that was the problem. I AVOID salt and I have been on basically a salt-free diet since I was 7.
So, was this the reason I have always struggled with matters requiring intelligence. As I get older my brain, noticeably, is even more sluggish than it used to be.
So, had I been depriving my brain of iodine.
Well, iodine deficiency or not, I knew that I did get salt in my diet from salad dressings, ketchup, the TONS of ham I eat, the ZILLIONS of sausages I pack away etc. So, I was slightly assuaged. But, I wanted to do more research in the morning.
Morning came. I was thinking about it. Then I remembered that I take the Walmart-brand Centrum Silver for Men and have been taking it (or a ‘plain’ multivitamin prior to that) for decades. I went and checked the label. WOW. Iodine was on the label and I was supposedly getting 100% of what I am supposed to ingest. What a relief.
Again, this is probably not an issue for most of you. My issue was that I don’t imbibe in salt — iodised salt. That was what got me concerned.
The creator of this fun & stimulating Website, Larry Mager, sent me an e-mail last week about his Website and how it came to be.
To quote Larry: “After being laid off from my teaching job several years ago, I was pretty low. I’d lost a job I loved, and didn’t know what I was going to do next.
But then a funny thing happened. My neighbor came to me desperate to find a tutor for her son. I offered my services as a temporary solution. Fast forward two years later and I’m running my own tutoring business and making progress with my mental fitness website, Readybrain.net.
I’ve never been happier, and I want to help those going through a tough spot in their careers feel like I do“.
I sure like what Larry is doing.
His premise is the same as my “A ‘Think’ A Day, Keeps Alzheimer’s At Bay” books. He even talks about it, on his home page, using terminology similar to what I advocate. So, yes, I am very happy and delighted to be able to promote this effort. Great job, Larry.
I like the Sudoku. I don’t know how to play Blackjack (and, alas, there are no instructions as yet) but it looks interesting. You definitely should explore this Website. You will find it rewarding.
So, for those that have made fun of me that my book are are on a diet, and keep on getting skinnier and skinnier.
Well I fixed that with this book. A full 471-pages long and we are talking good size 7″x10″ pages (and not ones that are small).
Took me 18-months to write and proof it. The longest I have worked on a book — ever!
Yes, I wrote it BEFORE my other two THINK books, BUT the proofing was a bitch. So, I spun the other two out and continued labouring on the BIG book.
Well, it is out. A true labor of love.
Check it out. I will arrange for FREE eBook downloads after Easter.
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