Nearly everyone has heard of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. He taught that disease had a natural cause (as opposed to a supernatural), and that clinical observation was an essential aspect of “do no harm” medical care.
Hippocrates teachings were revolutionary at the time (400 BC), and while he may be the father of modern medicine, he has legions of sons/brothers/daughters/cousins and such who continue to build on his ideas.
One Roman fellow, Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a huge fan of Hippo and translated Hippocrates and other Greek writings to Latin. Celsus wasn’t a physician – yet he had a major influence on medical thinking and is known as having coined,
Action is a great word. It invokes feelings of anticipation, excitement, and a now we’re finally getting somewhere mindset.
The actors who take their places – The runner poised at the start line – The traveler boarding the plane – and now you, ready for change.
In my darkest night, when the moon was covered and I roamed through wreckage, a nimbus-clouded voice directed me: “Live in the layers, not on the litter.” Though I lack the art to decipher it, no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written. I am not done with my changes.
Bob Dylan said there’s nothing so stable as change. Pre-Dylan philosopher Heraclitus put it this way:
The only thing that is constant is change.
Whether you like it and seek it, or hate it and run from it: everything always changes. Most change is out of our control. Consider the weather, someone else’s attitude, road conditions, home/car repairs, illness, accidents, and layoffs as some of the stuff in life we can’t change.
What makes us resist change? Why would we rather stick with a job we hate, stay in an abusive relationship, keep smoking despite illness, and endure unnecessary hardship rather than do something to make it better?
Why do we?
Is it fear of failure? Uncertainty of the unknown? Apathy?
It’s D. All of the above.
Change can be hard. It can also be easy. One thing is certain: change is inevitable.
If you don’t like something in your life, change it.
If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
Are you good at waiting? Not me. I have been known to abandon my handful of stuff rather than stand in a long line at the grocery store. Redbox pains me. Even when I reserve online there is always a couple in front of me browsing and contemplating like it was a major decision. C’mon people – this is Redbox. Aren’t there only like two movies worth seeing?
Thank goodness for Amazon Prime.
As I write this I am waiting with more than fifty other women (yes I got up and counted) to get a mammogram. I wait to get it, then wait to have it read, then I usually get called back for more images. Wait again for second reading. Three hours later…I’m home.
Does this dress make me look fat? What do you think of my essay? How did I do? Did you like the cookies?
We all ask questions like these, but do we really want the truth no matter what? Do you want to know what “it” is?
Are you familiar with the old testament story of King David and Bathsheba? David not only committed adultery with her, but had her husband killed and then made her queen.
David’s advisor Nathan saw the evil in David’s actions and soon made him see it as well by telling David a parable about a rich man who stole from a poor one. David was livid that the rich man could be so heartless. Then Nathan dropped the bomb: you are the rich man.
Zombies are repulsive and terrifying. They have decaying flesh, disgusting teeth, and no social skills. But they can teach us how to be happy.
Happiness is defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
The zombie has no emotions, so he is neither happy nor unhappy,
he just is.
He takes each day as it comes and doesn’t worry about tomorrow. If I could pick one key to being happy, it would be the zombies way of being fully present in the moment with no worries. If you can make that a habit, you can kiss discontent goodbye.
You can write a better than great blog post, but if you only get a handful of readers, are you ok with that? Of course not. The point of blogging is to share your opinions, experiences, and knowledge with the world.
With a potential 3 billion people audience and 150 million bloggers worldwide, getting people to read your content is a challenge.
It starts with an intriguing headline.
Ask a question. Solve a problem. State a claim. Make a list.
Your reader has clicked in, now you need to deliver what you promised.
Do you agree with Mark? So do I. Then why would you or I, or anyone else seek out people who belittle their ambitions?
That’s the five hundred and seven thousand dollar question. Maybe because you didn’t realize until now that a certain person was making you feel small. There are many passive-aggressive and other damaged individuals in our lives that pose as our friends.
How do you know if you have a poser verses a genuine friend?
How do you feel after you spend time with this person? Lifted up or crushed down? Posers use you to make themselves feel better. They don’t care about you because they are the center of the universe. Fake friends say things like,