Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the most famous people you’ve likely never heard of. A Japanese physician, he’s also the author of over 150 books, including “Living Long, Living Good”, which has sold 1.2 million copies. A very busy man, Hinohara recently spoke about what it takes to live a full, happy life. You won’t want to miss this — it’s both inspirational and very down to earth! You can read the entire article <a href=”http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20090129jk.html”> here in The Japan Times </a>.
Archive for July, 2009
Quite often people come up to me and say, Steve (because that’s my name), what’s one of the main characteristics that separates a comedian from everyone else? I simply respond, that it’s the way a comedian looks at life. A comedian views life and all of its obstacles, absurdities, tragedies, mistakes, incomprehensibility’s, and embarrassing moments from a humorous perspective. When comedians look at life this way, they’re not negating the seriousness of the subject matter, they’re just looking at life from a different perspective – it’s a healthier perspective – it’s the humor perspective.
Let me share with you how I discovered the power of my Humor Being, which was one of the key factors that motivated me to leave stand-up comedy and move on to the speaking forum. Following a comedy performance I would feel this surge of positive energy flow through my body. This energy surge gave me the confidence that I could achieve and accomplish anything I set my mind to do. Sometimes I would go back to my hotel room and write in my journal or write new material. It seemed that my creative juices flowed from me, into the pen, and onto the paper. Other times I would go out with a group of people, have wonderful conversations, laugh and have fun. The point is, whatever I did I was totally void of all negative thoughts. My problems – whatever they were at the time – somehow seemed manageable. I was living in the moment and enjoying every minute of it. (more…)
There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. You wake up refreshed ready to face the day with energy to spare.
I remember as a teenager I not only slept through the night, but often felt like I could sleep through the day. I would wake up feeling as if I was in the “Twilight Zone”. My mother would stand at the door barking her orders to “get up” and “get moving”, but my body and mind were somehow removed and unable to connect. I eventually came out of my stupor, but it literally took a couple of hours to shake it off.
Well those days are long gone. Children, worries, a husband that snored, extensive travel, with lots of time changes, and finally menopause have all changed my sleep patterns.
Oh I sleep, but not in the same way. I fall asleep but seem to wake up at 2:30 PM on a regular basis.
I’ve thought about joining neighborhood watch, so that I could use the time productively, but who wants to get up and get dressed at that hour?
Maybe my body still thinks I have to do a night time feeding.
I eventually fall back to sleep but not without some time spent going over stuff that should have been buried with one of the Pharaohs. Old wounds, unfulfilled dreams, injustices, blah, blah, blah. The mind is often like a bunch of monkeys looking for bananas.
I have used the methods I teach others to quell the mental cacophony, but it doesn’t always work.
It’s especially hard now because of a frog that has made my fish pond his summer residence. He seems to love to sound off every fifteen minutes or so like a fog horn alerting incoming ships. This is a very loud frog. A friend of mine heard him while we were talking on the phone. I decided to see if I could find him amidst all the flora and fauna in the pond. Well it didn’t take long because he was splayed out on a Lily pad as bold as could be. He didn’t flinch as I came closer to observe. In fact he started his braying the closer I got.
All I could do was laugh. I thought maybe if I get close enough I can kiss him and he’ll turn into a prince and take me away to a beautiful castle where I’ll get a good night’s sleep.
But, hey, been there done that.
Loretta LaRoche writes the Get A Life Column for the Patriot Ledger.
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- RT @kimikal My favorite patient response is: “You’re putting that WHERE?!” … Me: You heard me. (LOL!) #
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