One of my favorite bloggers recently posted the following list. It was written by John Perry Barlow, American poet, essayist, cattle rancher and lyricist for the Grateful Dead. Mr. Barlow recently died at the age of 70.
The list is titled the “25 Principles of Adult Behavior,” and I felt it was well worth sharing. Many of the “principles” are common sense, but too often we simply don’t put them into action … especially in the blogging world.
Be patient. No matter what.
Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him in the same language and tone of voice.
Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
Expand your sense of the possible.
Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
Laugh at yourself frequently.
Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
Give up blood sports.
Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
Once again, one of my favorite bloggers has written a post that, IMO, is “right-on.” I hope each of you will follow the link and read it for yourself but before you do, I want to share a couple of points he made that I feel are very relevant in today’s world … even more so in the blogging world.
The title of the post is “Living in a bubble” and this is the part I especially liked:
Too many of us live in our own little bubble, a bubble filled with people who look like, think like, believe like, hell even smell like we do. Over time we begin to believe that our bubble is the only true world that should exist. It becomes the representation of what we think the rest of world should look like. There is no room in our bubbles for diversity or change because that would be uncomfortable. We thrive on comfort, keeping things the same whether it is a realistic view or not.
Those last two sentences remind me of many blog discussions …
The post ends with this comment:
Take the time to find some common ground with the people living outside of your bubble. Will it be easy? Oh hell no but we have to start somewhere and it might as well start with you and I.
Just read a rather lengthy article on how the LACK of sleep can affect your health. Of course, many of us already know this, but do you know how MUCH it affects your health? And, more importantly, if you tend towards insomnia, are you doing anything about it?
According to Matthew Walker, a sleep scientist, lack of adequate sleep can trigger, among other things, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and poor mental health. Pretty scary, huh?
What is sleep deprivation? According to Walker, it’s anything LESS than seven hours per night. How many of you reading this can testify you slept that many hours last night? Or any night?
A rather interesting statistic presented in the article is that in 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep at night — in 2017, almost one in two people is! Of course, most of us immediately would consider the stresses of work (which often includes commute time) as being one of the causes, but other factors enter in as well. For example, anxiety plays a part (we’re a lonelier, more depressed society) and of course, alcohol and caffeine come into play.
For some, lack of sleep is a badge of honor … “I only got four hours of sleep last night!” But Walker points out that the number of people who can survive on five hours of sleep or less without any impairment, expressed as a percent of the population and rounded to a whole number, is zero.
A rather unnerving part of the article included this: adults aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime, as compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night.
Lack of sleep also makes people more susceptible to weight gain. (Personal note: One look at the overall U.S. population and it would seem very few people are getting enough sleep!)
Another unsettling fact related to “short sleep” is that it can affect our cancer-fighting immune cells, as well as significantly raising the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
There is much more information related to sleep (or lack thereof) in the article. If you tend to be one of the people described, you may want to read it first-hand … particularly the suggestions Walker makes towards the end.
And finally, a couple of interesting facts related to sleep:
An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.
A 2013 study reported that men who slept too little had a sperm count 29% lower than those who regularly get a full and restful night’s sleep.
If you drive a car when you have had less than five hours’ sleep, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you drive having had four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. - M. Cole