The Electric Power of Life

Having felt low on occasion, there are times when the surging breath of life has entered my body and left me with feelings of connectedness, happiness, and euphoria.  But that is nothing like the feeling of falling off of a ladder and breaking my arm in a place that was highly protected by muscle and snapped the ulna in a way that sent me into shock.  The amount of adrenaline that was released was as if I was shot through with energy and had tapped full bore into the electric power of life.  It was like nothing I'd ever experienced.

To say that we live mundane lives filled with the endless arithmetic of grocery shopping, baby rearing, and trips to the library is to forget this intense animal will to survive that is the evolutionary product of millennia.  Faced with the prospect of death (and going into shock really does feel like you may die, you feel as if you cannot breathe and may pass out at any time), we fight, and as painful as the experience was, to feel your life is in the balance is to know that you are capable of anything, and that the surging will propels us forward with an intensity that is equal to the nature of any situation.


Fear and Trembling

Hunger Plan

Fast between breakfast and dinner for 2 weeks.

You'll find after a couple days you won't overeat at dinner.  The calories you would usually consume at lunch can be added to breakfast and dinner so you are not running a caloric deficit.

Hunger allows you to stay focused.  Suddenly, you're not thinking about snacking all of the time.  Snacking is an obsessive and neurotic behavior that has no basis in human history because typically the history of humans was characterized by longer bouts of hunger punctuated by insufficient amounts of food.

If you feel a little lightheaded, cloudy, ditzy, in the afternoon, have something a little sweet, like a coffee, a juice, or a piece of biscotti.  Don't overdo it.

Otherwise just crush water all day when you feel hunger.

If you feel your electrolytes are running low in the afternoon (feeling of dragging, metabolic deficit, wooziness), try eating a dash of salt on the tongue.  It will perk you right up.


Smartphone Accidents

First there was the hazard of talking on the phone while driving.  I would say this may have apexed around 2002-05.  Next, there was texting while driving, say 2009-2013.  Now it seems that everyone has their head down at traffic lights.  I looked around at a traffic stop yesterday and saw three drivers surrounding me in three cars all doing the knowing tilt of the head to the lap.  There is so much to do and keep up on on the phones, it appears to be addictive and neurotic to the point of self-implosion.  Anecdotally, I would have to guess that accidents on I-40 are up 35% just in the last year based on the traffic and accidents I'm see on my weekly commute to Raleigh.


The Sofa Centuries

We are living in an age marked by the availability of upholstered bedding and couches to families both rich and poor.  This was never possible on a wide scale prior to the 1800s.

When people speak of our age and time, they will say, "And they were so wealthy nearly every family had a couch on which they could recline like Cleopatra."