Then There’s Early

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Early risers usually go to bed early.  Late risers tend to be awake late into the night.  Early risers bound out of bed and go right to the day’s activities.  They may grab a quick cup of coffee, go for a brisk walk, get right to work.  Late risers seem barely able to move in the mornings and may even go back to bed.  But come the evening, they are wide awake and do their absolute best work.  And they love to be up when all others have turned in.  In my old age, I still get up early.  But I nap often during the day, making it possible for me to stay up until midnight or so.  This is when late risers are at their peak.  Amazing.

Then There’s Support

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This valuable word originates from the Latin to carry from below.  Hardly a day goes by when we don’t give or receive support.  The internet has become our virtual support staff.  Some businesses tack on live chat sessions to lend support to buyers.  Neighbors and friends support you through tough times.  We support children, sometimes after they have become adults and need a helping hand.  The most frequent medium of support is language, both written and spoken.  Our daughter fixes dinner for us every Friday and the two families sit down at the table.  I am supported.  I can make it another week.

Then There’s Restart

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Life is defined by restarts. To restart is to begin over, or even to begin where one left off. Everything from football games to failures require a restart. Courtrooms and computers. Book writing and band practice. To restart is to get back on your feet and get back to work. Some restarts are harder than others. But restart we must until we just can’t anymore.

Then There’s Old Men

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Old Men
by Ogden Nash

People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when…
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

Then There’s Sleep

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Sleep is the other half of life.  Some say it’s the best half.  Sleep is the time of nurture, the time of healing, of rest.  It’s surprising how many folks have joint pain when they sleep, mostly in the hip.  Various kinds of pillows, thick and thicker, help.  There are folks who can sleep anywhere … the floor, a chair, in a waiting room and of course in bed.  I love to sleep.

Then There’s Narcissism

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Everyday narcissism is present and normal for everyone. In fact a robust sense of self is good for you.  The extreme version has been called  Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding.  They use people with little regard for their feelings.  Run!

Then There’s Pain

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Pain is a sign something is wrong, so it goes.  People with a high pain threshold often don’t seek help until the pain is acute.  Back pain and ear pain are the most unbearable, whatever the threshold may be.  Often pain goes away because the body heals itself, but ear and back pain grow more intense when left untreated.  Ear pain usually comes from an infection at the inner ear.  Back pain begins with making the ‘wrong move’.  I hoard pain pills, oxycodone being the most prized.  I hate and fear pain.  They become the master of my life until they’re gone.  Then I’m paranoid for a while.  Pain lurks.