I Feel Lousy

Do you ever feel lousy, like you’re coming down with something, and then it goes away later in the day, and you feel fine again? This probably happens to everyone – it’s one of those “false alarm” sicknesses. I get the overall general malaise occasionally. It used to happen right before I came home from work, just before I was supposed to go out for my run. Almost as if the body was telling me it didn’t feel like running that day. I would think it over, decide the body was right, wouldn’t...
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Worst Case Scenario

I try and look at the worst case scenario,so that when things turn out a little better, or even average, I’m happy. Look at the bright side, the old saying goes. Example: You have to drive across town, so you imagine all the bad things that could possibly happen – a wreck, traffic jam, carjack, rude drivers, slow pedestrians, car breaks down, no insurance (you forgot to renew, or got cancelled), hail storm, tornado, earthquake, nuclear attack, asteroid hits earth in front of you as you ar...
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Family Strengths: Adaptive Ability

Strong families develop predictable routines, roles, and rules that govern everyday life and provide for continuity and stability. Some of the more obvious patterns are who cooks, washes dishes, does the laundry, or fixes the car. Other less obvious patterns include: Who has the right to make what decisions? How do we handle differences of opinion? How do we express anger, affection, or other emotions? Reasonably stable patterns empower a family to deal with the many inevitable challenges...
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I’m Having Another Moment

As I was saying (A Moment of Epiphany) yesterday, those moments of epiphany don’t come along very often. They are gifts, in my opinion. You’re lucky if you get one of them in your lifetime – at least that’s the way it has been with me, and I’m very grateful for getting that one moment. I’ve often wondered if everyone gets them. I suppose everyone does, but possibly for different reasons. I had a friend tell me he knew he was going to be a doctor from a very young age, and he set his c...
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The Tell-Tale Drip

As I have previously noted (Why Do the Clocks Go on Ticking?), loud, regular noises get on my nerves. I am particularly afflicted when I am trying to go to sleep. A dripping shower head, a leaky faucet, it doesn’t matter – if it makes a loud enough sound and produces said sound like a metronome, I’m in for a rough night. It’s odd though, if there is rain outside my window, accompanied by the dripping sound, I don’t seem to be bothered by it. The sound of ocean waves, or a rushing s...
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