Sleep and Your Brain

The linkage between sleep and brain disease (think Alzheimer’s and other degenerative conditions). Growing evidence.

Your body has processes established to help your brain stay health. Our relatively modern human practices sometimes get in the way:

think electricity and light at night, which allows us to do more after dark;

think personal and professional demands and working late, driving us to do more;

think our own sometimes reckless nightlife; think screens,

think entertainment of all types).

Deep Sleep in particular is apparently the time when our brain goes through the best “wash cycle” of  cerebro-spinal fluid to clear harmful toxins.

Bottom Line: Get more sleep, your brain will be better off.

Like I need another reason to do so.

: – )

So let’s get some more shut-eye. You’re brain will be happier. So will you.

The Elder, My Daughter / Partner

A fresh idea came to mind recently; I think it might have some momentum.

Elevate her, it helps us both.

Listening. Enjoying. Engaging.

In this new family model, we sure benefit from better cooperation and teamwork. Easier all around with everyone aligned.

Giving it a try, anyway.

It’s a new approach, expanded mindset on my part: how I relate and cooperate, to better accommodate our oldest, and better support the whole family.

GOOD.

Toward SoulTime: Quick Week Underway

Blessed to have another long weekend up ahead, taking a couple days off work to make it a long weekend on the coast.

Annual trip, maybe close to 30 years running, more or less. Same group of five guys, “The Mexicans” (my nickname). Early on in the tradition we went over the border to Mexico one year; we’ve called it “Mexico” ever since.

Soul Time, straight up. I’ve written about these guys, this annual gathering, several times.

This time helps me calibrate my perspectives; this time helps me broaden my awareness; this time fills my soul from hours on end with people I admire, learn from, love.

So so blessed.

Ándale!

Redux: No Fear

Several years back I wrote a piece about “No Fear” — at the time I mentioned “…in the face of the dragon…”, or something like that. I recall feeling strongly about the idea of standing up to things we might fear.

That theme has come up countless times, especially with my three kids, over the past five plus years. Fear comes up again and again. “I’m scared…”, it’s said all the time in our house.

What they sometimes mean is more, “…I’m anxious or nervous or uncertain about how things will go…”, something along those lines. Other times my kids are reasonably fearful, for one or another reason.

So fast-forward to more present time, I recently found this quite from the Brazilian author, Paul Coelho. I love it. It’s perfect. It’s on my facebook background. And now it’s also on the wall in our dining/living area at home too.

Let it be that we live this attitude every hour of every day.

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.”

— Paulo Coelho 

Parallel Play: “Spy Games”

Something I would have done 45 years ago: spy games. As in, I’ve got several bit metal items, used parts, screws, washers, nuts, extenders…

But in my imagination, spy gear.

Placed in inconspicuous spots, listening devices, imaginary.

Parallel fun at work, placing theses devices, monitoring. Will they be found?

We’ll see. That’s the fun. Setting them. That’s fun too. Moving them, also fun.

Making different devices from bits of metal. Goofy? Sure. Also FUN.

At work? In life? Have fun.

What can they be?

FUN.

Lyrics Post: “Fight The Good Fight”

Nearly a lifetime ago I first heard this song. From then until now it sustains me, it pulls me up, it pushes me forward, thank you, Triumph.

The days grow shorter and the nights are getting long
Feels like we’re running out of time
Every day it seems much harder tellin’ right from wrong
You got to read between the lines

Don’t get discouraged, don’t be afraid, we can
Make it through another day
Make it worth the price we pay 

The Good Book says it’s better to give than to receive
I do my best to do my part
Nothin’ in my pockets I got nothin’ up my sleeve
I keep my magic in my heart 

Keep up your spirit, keep up your faith, baby
I am counting on you
You know what you’ve got to do 

Fight the good fight every moment
Every minute every day
Fight the good fight every moment
It’s your only way 

All your life you’ve been waiting for your chance
Where you’ll fit into the plan
But you’re the master of your own destiny
So give and take the best that you can 

You think a little more money will buy your soul some rest
You’d better think of something else instead
You’re so afraid of being honest with yourself
You’d better take a look inside your head 

Nothing is easy, nothing good is free
But I can tell you where to start
Take a look inside your heart
There’s an answer in your heart 

Fight the good fight every moment
Every minute every day
Fight the good fight every moment
Make it worth the price we pay

Every moment of your lifetime
Every minute every day
Fight the good fight every moment
Make it worth the price we pay

Hump

Love the day, Wednesday, Hump Day, on the downhill,

Mid-week, pause, access, take a few deep breaths,

What’s been done, what’s come up, what’s left?

Get over the hump, stand up, fire up, what’s up?

You are!

Hump Day, GO!

SoulFull

Great, SoulFull weekend a couple weeks back. A few days with friends I hadn’t seen in a while, a couple of years. Had never visited them in their home town.

Did. Four days was a good dose; a SoulFull dose.

And then this past weekend, a few other friends in town for a reunion. Made a plan for a morning coffee meet-up; instead ended up at the host’s house where they we’re staying — I knew that could too — and wound up hanging out until afternoon. Laughing, telling stories, enjoying their collective company.

SoulFull time once again.

Grateful.

Soul filled.

GOOD

Flat

Not sure why, not sure why, feeling flat. Last several days, plenty of progress, plenty of up.

With good people, varied, pleasant, funny, fun,

Somehow, some reason, bumpy, bumping along, feeling flat, not the best mindset as the week gets underway,

Instead, maybe flip that flat over, smooth it down, reset mindset,

Smooth and easy and ready for the week,

Make a plan, know where things stand, ready to go,

Go forward, GO.