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Lately there’s some upheaval under my own roof and considerable conflict in my live-in partner’s family and between her and me as well. Everybody’s pretty stressed-out by an unpleasant and costly family-court matter and when folks get stressed out they often look for ways to dump on others to try to get relief . I’m presently working on some things that require me to act very confidently. Call me over-sensitive, but when I’m experiencing conflict at home, it’s hard for me to perform at my best when working with people. Confidence is like standing on a log – you can get knocked-off balance and lose it.
I’m processing these conflicts today, so I went for a walk to get sun in my eyes and on my skin. I live in a big loft on the 4th floor of a converted factory. There are no balconies so I have to go downstairs to get fresh air and so forth. Working as I do with computers, I’m prone to getting absorbed and neglecting to go outside, especially when the weather is nice. If you go out wearing sunglasses all the time you’re depriving your body of important vitamin D which gets synthesized when you get sun in your eyes, even if you’re in the shade. I don’t want to argue with your choice of eyewear – but I usually wear a hat when I go out to shade my eyes and it works for me. I know from experience that getting unfiltered sunlight on my skin and eyes helps get rid of headaches I get sometimes.
My Fasting Friend
On my way back from a park down the road I run into a friend who is Jewish. He tells me he’s going to synagogue for a meal and to celebrate Yom Kippur with a 25-hour fast. Additionally he’s planning to walk home from the synagogue tonight because he won’t drive a car when he’s in prayer this way. I’m not Jewish and don’t intend to convert, but we talk about some things and he reminds me of the value of prayer, especially in hard times.
If you’ve been following my activity as an online marketer for awhile you’ll notice that I’ve seldom mentioned faith and spirtuality before recently. The truth is I led a very spiritually-centered life for many years but over the last few I’ve been so absorbed with my marketing career I kind of let prayer fall by the wayside. This was a mistake I now know I need to rectify – at least for me.
Whatever Works For You…
I’m not into pushing my values onto other people – I’m a live and let live kind of person. I figure you should do whatever works for you to make yourself happy as long as you’re not doing avoidable harm to others. Business is competive and if my business outmarkets yours mine may prosper while yours doesn’t, but on a person-to-person level I’m in favor of being gentle with others because that’s the way I prefer others to be with me. Make sense?
Lots of people get triggered by words like God, prayer, and religion – these words mean different things to different people. If you’re an athiest or whatever that’s cool: I won’t try to tell you how to pray or even if you should, just that to succeed as a whole person – perfecting your dance with money, looking after your body’s health, and cultivating nurturing relationships and so forth – takes a lot of energy and if you don’t have a way to replenish that energy, you may very well burn-out and face the consequences of not functioning well at all. I say it’s good to study your own nervous system and the way you react to stress and find ways to be in the flow with energy on a consistent basis. To me, prayer is making some quiet time within yourself to recharge your batteries. Whatever system or non-system you use to do that is fine, but if you make the time to be centered for yourself you’ll always be happier and usually healthier, so it’s a good idea, no?
Caffeine and Sugar
My opinion is caffeine and sugar have some cool qualities and they can give you mental energy. They also take their tole on your kidneys if used to excess. Drinking a lot of coffee and sugar is like going on a credit card spending spree with your own vitality. You get a thrill, but eventually the bill comes due, with interest.
I’ll admit I often drink coffee in the morning and it’s an enjoyable thing for me, but it’s a diuretic and makes you lose more water than you’re drinking. Colas are the same way – they dehydrate you. So if you drink coffee or soda, and you want to live a long, healthy life, be sure to drink plenty of unadulterated, pure water too. Plain water helps flush out your kidneys, which are the seat of vitality and stable energy. The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and produce adrenaline, which in a normal day in a healthy body gives you ongoing energy and vitality.
“Today, Remember To Treat Yourself Well, Because Good Things Will Come Of It”
The post author, Loren Woirhaye writes sales copy and creates marketing systems for business clients who want to slash customer acquisition costs and position their businesses For 20%-30% sales growth in the next 12-18 months. He writes regularly about marketing and life at his Entrepreneur Blog.