Monday, 31 March 2014

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I'm aware that many years ago, Post Traumatic Stress disorder hadn't been isolated as an experience. I certainly didn't sign up for the experience. I didn't see it coming. It would never have occurred to me that I would experience PTSD in the environment that I did. And I would never have guessed the triggers were what they were. And yet unannounced, it all came to pass, and is still unwinding itself today.

I've come to appreciate how long it does take to put PTSD fully behind one. I cant imagine how hard it must be for Soldiers to return from a combat zone, and begin to assimilate to normal life. Looking back the best thing has been a stable and loving home environment. It hasn't been easy on those around me, and I wouldn't blame them if they opted out.

So what do you do. Looking back to happier times, I was always known as the one who smiles and laughs. My how things change. How to get the laughter back. How to get the easy smile to return and parked on my face. Its still there, but mired in adult responsibility, the happy disposition finds it hard to peer out. More laughter required.

What makes me laugh? Laughter makes me laugh. I love laughter. More laughs, less serious stuff. Its the only way out. Lighten up. Take it easy. Laugh at myself.

This video is going to get bit of a thrashing.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Three Day Weekends

I love my three day weekends. From the age of 14 till recently I've worked full time and frankly couldn't imagine anything but work, work,work. My circumstances voluntarily took a turn, turns out for the better, in 2004 when I left full time employment to chase a life long dream. Of course the money stops, and the bills keep coming. However looking back, its been 10 years since that time, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Im so glad I chased (and caught) my dream. But thats a whole other story.

Jump forward to today, and my part time work means all my Mondays are free. Free to roam beautiful places like that above. So this is my life. It may not be ideal, but it is perfect. I wouldn't change it. When working full time I definitely contributed financially to my community. Now I feel I contribute real help.

I feel there is too much emphasis on work, and not enough on nurturing the real us to come out and express our uniqueness. Interestingly the internet is encouraging; encouraging me to reduce the gap between feeling and expression. Happy days.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Saturday Bliss

I love curling up with my eBook readers on Saturday and letting my brain feed on their contents. Its such a special time to consider fresh ideas and new ways of thinking. Its also good to reflect back on the week and to consider: did I do-well this week? My week are so much happier when I've helped someone else with their problems. When I concentrate on my own problems, its just not as satisfying as the former. Thats probably why I relate to the Buddhist notion of the Bodhisattva. It'd the ultimate "no one left behind" intention. Whilst impractical in many ways, its still attracts me as a life orientation. It always accounts for the happiest times in my life. My personal goal, although I don't always achieve it, is to be helpful to at least one person every day. Someones in a bind or are stuck on something, if I can help then I will. Looking back they're always the best days. Happy days.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Unexpected Bushfire in Healesville

This late in the bush fire season we were suprised to find ourselves experiencing a bush fire emergency. Thought that time of the year was behind us. Anyway, I was just about to start my second class for the day when they decided to close the school and send everyone home. Which I think was wise given the way things were unfolding. A couple of hours earlier we'd had a pretty wild thunderstorm and lighting very close by. Seems the bush fire was started by the lightening. Thems the breaks. I went down town late and made this quick video of the smoke over Healesville as it thickened. And now its the weekend. Time for a glass of wine me thinks.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Good Morning from Healesville

As you can see the temperature has dropped quite a few degrees over the last few weeks. Just a few weeks we were having overnight temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s. It always takes me some time to adjust to the change. Its easier going this way as I only feel cold. Going into summer I get headaches so I prefer this time of year.

Today in class I'm teaching students how to use contemporary chat systems in social media. Should be fun, and they're a smart group. All going well we will get onto Video chat and Hangout type stuff. This lesson always reminds me how the great majority of people experience isolation as a daily reality, and despite a minority of people using the internet for communications, that for many, learning how to use the internet for whatever reason is a bridge too far. So we will go gently. Happy Days.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Ketogenic Diet

This is such an interesting talk. A bit dense and requires some concentration to get through, but its on the mark in many ways. Years of taking "official" advise has only caused me to gain weight. Finally, although this branch of science would be considered fringe, but its finally becoming more palatable. I guess when, in the face of the obesity-tsunami, its a reasonable conclusion: someone got it wrong. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Introduction to Traditional Eating

This is an interesting video. I came across the Weston A Price web site in my readings recently, and have come to appreciate their grounded approach to an otherwise confusing subject of nutrition, and general health. Its also good to see they have a YouTube channel and am looking forward to watching more of their videos. If I was to take contemporary dietary advise I'd be 300 pounds plus easy, and its only through personal study that I've been able to begin to understand the many downsides of carbohydrate consumption. Probably the most amazing fact I've come across lately is that Carbohydrates are a non-essential food group. Our body does not require them in any form. Quite sobering really. 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Very interesting overview of weight loss

F1 cars sound like a Vacuum Cleaner on Steroids IMHO