Addiction – No, not that type!

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When I woke this morning, I said to myself: “Self, you need to be more assertive in what you do in any given day.” You are never going to get another book written if you keep putting off starting it. You have to become an addict.

No, not the person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug. The other type of addict, the one who is an enthusiastic devotee of a specified thing or activity.

Let’s talk about this for a moment. As human beings, we are all addicted to something. Some of our addictions are good for us while others we would be better off without. Take coffee addiction for an example:

I cannot call myself addicted to coffee – what coffee addict stops after his second cup of coffee? Besides coffee makes me pee which means I have to stop what I am doing and run …not walk…to the bathroom because when sitting at my desk attempting to write my 200 words a day or create a post such as this one, I usually get so wrapped up in what I am doing, I forget how old I am and that any small amount of liquid ingested into this old body causes it to immediately turn it into water.

Sitting at my desk writing sort of puts a crink ….is that even a word….in my writing style. you know what I mean. It’s when I remember after sitting at my desk for about an hour , that hey – you had two cups of coffee this morning and I think of that old saying: “what goes up – must come down. Well,  same holds true about the intake of fluid “what goes in – must come out.”  This takes time away from writing not to mention that at my age, it doesn’t take much to interrupt my train of thought which interrupts my writing. But I repeat myself.

Speaking of train of thought – where was I – no not the bathroom, I left there to head back to my desk to continue writing this piece. Oh, I know, addiction – another addiction I have is my feeble attempt to walk so many thousand steps per day. At one point, I was doing a minimum of 6000 steps a day. Could I call that an addiction? Works for me. One of the nice things about having a step counter in that expensive cell phone we carry with us everywhere we go is the app contained therein that tells you at the end of the day (and sometimes during the day when you least expect it) how well you are doing with your daily steps. I used to be addicted to walking five days a week first thing in the morning.

I would pop out of bed, do fifteen minutes of stretching exercises, put on my sneakers and walk for at least thirty to forty-five minutes. That is addiction. Rolling over and saying it is too cold outside to walk – well, that is just plain laziness. But, at times it feels so good to just roll over and go back to sleep. If there were two addictions I would like to continue with – they would be writing and walking.

Why is it that we can easily break the addiction of doing something that is good for us but continue doing the things that are bad for us? Take sweets for instance – how many of us love desserts? I cannot tell you how many times we have been to buffets and I eat what I think are healthy foods – you know salad, meat (grilled not fried), and fruit – passing on the rolls only to wander over to the dessert table and ruin what I just accomplished by eating healthy. That is addiction. But, one could write forever about the subject of addiction.  What is good for us and what is bad for us.  And let’s face it – that is not my style. My style is to write something – anything – that will bring a smile to the faces of those reading my rants and raves.

So, let me just say this: During our retirement years, if there is one thing we should become addicted to it is “Fun.”  We all worked long and hard to get to this point in our lives and while there are some things we should do and some things we should not do, once we reach a certain age, I am of the old school of thought that most things are good for us if taken in moderation. Take fun for instance, I could become addicted to having fun 24/7. After all, what is fun: Taken as a noun – Fun is enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure. Looked upon as an adjective – Fun is amusing, entertaining, and enjoyable. Getting back to the word addiction, at this point in our lives, best thing we could do is to become addicted to those things that provide us with days of fun.

I will end this with a quote (author unknown) that seems appropriate for the gist of this post:

“A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.”

Now go out there and have FUN!

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Why do we “Cling” to old habits?

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Why do we cling to so many bad or maybe bad is too harsh a word – let’s say, unproductive habits.

Not too long ago I read an article utilizing the following quote: “So many books, so little time.” – Frank Vincent Zappa

The gist of the article was that “We are what we read!”  I know of many individuals in our community that just love to read and have no problem just picking up a book and wrapping themselves up in it for hours on end. While I can truthfully say that I have never spent hours on end just wrapped up in a book, I do enjoy reading and keep blaming our daily social life as the reason I do not read as much as I would like to.

Fact of the matter is though that we all are given the same 24 hours a day to use as we see fit.  So, I have no one to blame but myself for not reading more than I do. I must admit, I tend to cling to my obsession with the television set as we do have several shows we just love to sit and watch. Fact is, were I to isolate some time from my so-called busy schedule, (you know, like giving up a show or two) I could have time to read.

It is all a matter of how we want to spend our time. I truly do enjoy reading and I should not allow my crazy mixed-up schedule rob me of the joy derived from reading books. Reading, whether fiction, non-fiction, or just staying current with the news, does serve a purpose in our life. Reading can improve our education (think “Self-help or How- to” books). Mysteries (one of my favorites) allow me to escape from reality and I allow myself to get so caught up in the story I feel as though I am there instead of just sitting in a comfy chair forgetting about many of the things I probably should be doing but will still be there tomorrow or the next day.

Take travelling for instance, if we are neither financially nor physically capable – one can still enjoy what other countries have to offer just by reading about them and then picturing ourselves in that particular atmosphere/environment. Is it the same? No. But for one brief moment in time, we have escaped from our daily routine. So much can be obtained out of the simple pleasure of reading a book.

Look upon reading a book as isolating yourself in a room with a good friend – one you are willing to spend some time with knowing that you enjoy their company and are looking forward to the time you will be spending together. A plan I intend to cling to for the entire year of 2017!

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What’s in the word “Fishing?”

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.”

  • Henry David Thoreau

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Think about it – when we are young children we would more than likely sneak down to the living room and check out how many presents were under the tree Christmas Eve – just fishing for an idea of what mom or dad may have gotten us.

In our high-school years, we fish for comments as to which girl might have a hankering towards us so that we might just pick a date for the high-school prom.

Fishing was also another name for a strategy used by guys on the beach to pick up chicks.

On the assumption that we truly loved to fish – who couldn’t wait for that vacation so that we might throw the fishing gear in the back of our truck and head out for some peace and solitude just fishing, drinking beer, and telling stories about the big one that got away..

And then there are the one-uppers who are always fishing for information to use to their advantage as they attempt to move up the ladder of success at work.

Me, well, truth-be-told, I used to love to go fishing when I was a kid but nowadays the only fishing I seem to do is fish for ideas to use in this blog, on my other site – retirement-online.com and when I am seeking ideas for my monthly column “Irwin Ponders” in our community newsletter. Good news is – it is working!

With that let me end this post with an old  but very familiar Chinese proverb:

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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Is It Over Yet?

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Isn’t this craziness over yet – I am referring to the upcoming election. I am not one that usually writes about religion or politics because I have my own thoughts on both subjects and they are just that – “my thoughts,” and not something I discuss or write about.

However, in my attempt to write a small piece using today’s daily word prompt, I thought I would have a bit of fun with it.

Wikipedia – Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. In rhetoric, it is also sometimes known as auxesis (lit. “growth”). In poetry and oratory, it emphasizes, evokes strong feelings, and creates strong impressions.

A hyperbole is an unreal exaggeration to emphasize the real situation.

Looking at this whole political process and what each candidate is espousing – it appears to me that the “hyperbole” applicable is:

“I am trying to solve a million issues these days.”

In all seriousness – even though this particular blog posting makes jest of the upcoming election, let me just say that I hope everyone reading it will get out and vote for the candidate of your choice as it is our right to do so and we should elect to do it during every election period. Until next time!

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https://dailypost/wordpress.com/prompts/hyperbole

Bridge to the Future

As many of you know, I indicated in a prior post that I was not going to succumb to the ritual of trying to write a post every day when we learn of Word Press’s – daily word prompt. That still holds true….but….

When I seen what today’s word was, namely “Bridge”, having just read a rather weird article that included a picture of the Manhattan Bridge pictured as it may be used in the future with regards how we deal with our dead bodies, and being the wild and crazy guy I am – well, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this with y’all.

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How many of us actually give any thought to what is to become of us when we die. I know there are those of us that wish to be buried, some wish to be cremated, and even yet others want to be frozen beforehand so that if a cure is found that will cure a “terminal illness” they presently suffer from, they would like to be unfrozen so that they can receive the cure.

That basically describes several ways to exit this earth after we have passed. And then there is always the question: But, won’t we run out of land?

Well, apparently there are people much smarter than I thinking about this (The actual idea is the brainchild of the DeathLab, a trans-disciplinary research and design space at Columbia University.)  Recently Atlas Obscura published a story related to what we might consider doing with our dead when they die. And yes, for the purposes of their article – it involved a bridge.

I must admit that I truly haven’t given much thought to the matter. That being said though, after seeing the picture of the Manhattan Bridge used as an example of their new concept for dealing what to do with our bodies after we pass – you can be sure the thought will stay with me – least ways for a little while.

Seeing that I am still learning what I can and cannot post here on this site, let me just say that if you google the words Atlas Obscura along with words about future death, you will come across the article and can read more about this concept.

For now though, I am still thinking about the living and the only bridge I want to gap is the bridge between now and Halloween.

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Until next time!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bridge

Who Am I?

Transformation:

What is transformation other than:

  • a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc.

When one thinks of it – do we not all transform several times during our lives. From toddler to child, from child to teenager, from teenager to young adult, from young adult to responsible adult, from responsible adult to husband and father, from husband and father to retiree, from retiree to one that is free to further transform into anything he or she truly wishes to become.

“Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” – Unknown

Bottom line is that we all have the ability from early on to transform ourselves into that which we set our minds out to be.

Look at me – been through all the steps mentioned above including having been retired twenty years now. Problem is that I still find myself attempting to transform myself – not that I know who or what I want to transform myself into!

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Until next time!

https://dailypost/wordpress.com/prompts/transformation

Ageing Gracefully

Why is it that as we age we have to do it gracefully.

I mean really – let’s face it – how many of us by the time we reach age 95 or 100 are going to be as fit as a fiddle, still maintain good posture, and look healthy?

My thoughts are that as I get older, I will probably fall apart at the seams.

But then – that is my choice and it will be me that says:  “Yes, I am old but what a ride it has been!

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Until next time!

It’s All in the Interpretation!

Today’s word prompt can be viewed in one of two ways:

The first would be: any face of a building given special architectural treatment such as that which is shown below.

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The second would be: A way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation.

For instance: Looking at the picture below, one might envision two different thoughts:

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The pessimist side of a person might look at this picture and think – “Hmmm, a cracked egg!”

While, the optimist might also look at this picture and think – “ H’mmm, new life!”

In today’s world, we should not put on any facades – be who you are – it is one sure way of knowing who your friends truly are because by not putting on any facades, those around you know that when in your company – “What you see is what you get!”

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Until next time!

What is Silence?

Don’t ever mistake

my silence for ignorance,

my calmness of acceptance,

or my kindness for weakness.”

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To me, silence is that quiet time on a Sunday morning when we have no place to go and I can wake up early before the sunrise, make a cup of coffee, retire to the front of the house where I can sit in both solitude and silence watching the day begin. No traffic, no noisy trash trucks, no lawnmowers – just me and my cup of coffee.

Now that is silence!

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