Basic Truths

We have a lot of fun around our house. And, although some things are easy going, we have some basic truths that we live by. One reality is that if you’re hungry, there is a lot of food in the kitchen. Another fact that goes along with this first truth is, if you wait for somebody to cook something for you or make you something in the kitchen, you’re going to starve to death. There is also an axiom that goes with this that says nobody ever cleans up their own mess in the kitchen on purpose.

I know this sounds silly, and it may be, yet these rudimentary truths are essential because at the end of the day they are true. Who is the person responsible for you? Who knows if you’re hungry or not? Who knows what you like or hate, are addicted to (chocolate?) Or, are allergic to (dishpan hands?) All of these responsibilities belong to each and every one of us for ourselves. It is tough to guess what somebody else is thinking or feeling and actually be accurate.

I know this looks like I’m just having a little fun with you. Please let me tell you a true story of how this played out for me. Many years ago, I worked the night shift. One day I got out of bed, made it to the bathroom and was hit by severe dizziness and started severe vomiting. I was hanging on desperately to the floor, which I felt was moving in circles and would not stop. More vomiting at regular intervals intervened. I had never felt like this before, and I had no idea what was going on. All I could do was hang on for dear life.

While laying there on the floor, I had the idea that I needed to get up and do something. Unfortunately, I could not control myself to stand correctly. I laid there for another five minutes and then I formed another thought. The thought was, Mike, this is one of the dumbest places to die. I thought on that for a minute or two and then started calling to my wife. I explained to her what I felt even though I could not tell her why. She helped me to get some clothes on, then she helped me into the car. She drove me to our local military hospital while I held onto a bowl of regurgitated stomach contents.

At the emergency room, the doctors checked me over, ran some tests, and gave me some heavy antihistamines. They explained to me what I was experiencing and even gave it a name Ménière’s disease. All I can say is thank goodness Dragon Naturally Speaking knows how to spell it.

I learned a few things that day. I learned that if you ignore your body, it has ways of catching up with you. I learned that a loved one only one room away cannot help you until you ask them to. And, I learned that the only person who knows what’s going on with you is you. And, yes, I learned that to my way of thinking the bathroom floor would be a terrible place to die.

I tell you this story because we all have our own basic truths. These vary from person to person in both required action and intensity. When you have a little time think about this and see if you can identify some of your own.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Care for Your Inflictions

Once again, I have to stand in front of you and apologize for missing for the last two days the blogs I write. Although there is no excuse, you do need to know that I have been battling vertigo. I missed Wednesday because I had to go and see a doctor for some help with this ailment.

The doctor gave me some great pills, which did little more than make me dizzier and put me to sleep. I ended up sleeping through yesterday. I’m sure it was there, I just don’t remember much. This is not the doctor’s fault, it is just a side effect of trying to get better.

This is nothing more than a remembrance of what happens as we get older. I really believe the trick is not to age. Unfortunately, the fountains of youth have all dried up. We just need to work hard and overcome these maladies one at a time.

It would be horrendous to pick up a disease and have it live with you for the rest of your life. Frankly, I get too bored too fast and want to move on to something else. If I’m going to have a disease it has to work for me.

I have diabetes, and in treating it, I stay thinner and younger with more energy. The disease makes me get out and exercise, watch what I eat, and as a byproduct, I am out around people more often.

I do not recommend diseases to anyone. However, if you’re going to have one, I recommend working the illness, so it delivers the best for you. If you work it right, you might end up younger, more informed, healthier, and with more energy in the long run.

As for me, I will use the pills as needed, and I will do my best to find methods that help relieve vertigo and help me to improve.

Thank you for being with me today. I really hope to be with you again tomorrow.

What Have You Done for #21 Lately?

We do a lot of things for many people.  The higher we grow, the more we do.  If we do our job well, we often find ourselves with more and more people attaching their projects to our time and less time for us to have to ourselves. It is all right to do well for others as long as you take care of #21. I have to ask you today, are you taking care of #21?

Granted, #21 is not at the front of the pack. Usually doesn’t get all the limelight deserved. And can often get lost in the stampede to get things done. Yet, the team would not be a whole one without this valuable player.

When you’re checking your roster of contributors and lineup of required actions, be sure to look out for the little guy. Ensure that even #21 is given a calculated blend of playing time, training time, and time for recuperation. The balance is essential because without the correct balance you will not get your best performance.

Thank you for being here with me and allowing me a little play on words. This blog contains a puzzle, and in solving it, please tell me a little bit more about #21 in the comments section. I’m not sure where everybody is reading this from. I do know where #21 lives.  #21 lives within our hearts.

I hope to be with you again soon, in the meantime don’t forget to take care of #21.

Thank You and Please

I want to take a moment and thank all those who helped during hurricane Michael and everyone helping with the aftermath and the cleanup. Right now, there is much to do with the search for survivors and providing the services for those without food and housing. If the track had moved a few degrees to the West, precious members of my own family would have been at or near the ground zero for this horrific event. I pray for everyone involved, and I thank everyone who is assisting.

Life is precious. Quite often, life is also serendipitous. We don’t always know what is going to happen nor, how bad it’s going to be. What we can do is keep faith with and follow the guidance of those we pay to monitor the situation and protect us.

Many of us tend to live with the ‘John Wayne’ mentality, which makes us think we can do just about anything. The truth of the matter is, unlike Mr. Wayne who could call ‘Cut’ at any moment during his movies, we cannot stop, nor walk away, in the middle of the real scene we have put ourselves into. Once we have made the decision, and we’re there, the best we can do is play the scene out against destructive forces, sometimes far more significant than anything we might be able to handle.

When the call comes out for us to do our boarding up, securing of our valuables and leaving, we need to do so. If it turns out not to be as bad as predicted that’s great. It would be better than having to be caught in something that was far worse than we ever imagined. We can rebuild structures, we can buy new things, we can rebuild our lives. And remember, we’re the only one of us there is.

Please be kind to others and take care of yourself. You would be amazed the number of people who would be a little bit lonelier without you.

Thank you for being here today, and we look forward to being with you again soon.