I never thought I’d go to therapy but went for 2 years following the shock of battling a life threatening disease that stabilized but left me exhausted. The therapy not only got my life back on track but gave me EQ life skills that I continue to use. For example, I was not invited to my childhood friend’s wedding last week – considering he was the best man in my wedding and to my knowledge we didn’t have a falling out, that was surprising. But the skills I learned in therapy has helped me keep it in perspective, although it has been quite some time since I finished therapy.
Wife M hasn’t been feeling well for a few months, and said last night that I’ve been inspirational for her since for the past 5 years I’ve kept plugging away despite not feeling well while coping with the effects of stable lung disease. For some reason, I really appreciated that comment, probably because I respect her so much… Three people have unsolicitedly called me inspirational where it truly meant something because they know me so well and it was an uninvited comment: my wife, doctor and therapist… It reminds me of when I was in college, and every time I was called “cute” I rolled my eyes (is that even a word anymore?), but the one time I overheard someone calling me gorgeous it resonated, maybe because it was a strong word, unsolicited or just different (unexpected). Of course, that was 25 years ago and I can’t recall the last time I heard someone call me cute or gorgeous, thank goodnesss :).
It is truly tragic the zoo had to kill a gorilla, but is persecuting the parents of the boy going to bring the gorilla back? Anyone who has been a parent knows kids disappear in the blink of an eye. Tragic accidents happen – it doesn’t mean we need to fling stones :(. plus, the few moments of watching a child being flung about would be educational/punishment enough for a lifetime.
Has he read the articles that show once healthy rivers that are now mud? Or that California is a desert? He mocked using water to protect a 3 inch fish but am sure he’ll keep the golf courses and private pools filled.
A western lowland gorilla was killed yesterday to save a 4 year old boy who fell into his area…. Per Wikipedia: They are foragers but favor locations based on time/season over an 18 mi sq area. Non aggressive, tend to be 1 male and 3 female plus young. In caltivity, up to 62% show signs of stress in the form of hair pulling… Opinion: Zoos are the wrong execution of the right idea, basically imprisonment of animals. We have zoos currently I think to protect animals and educate our youth that we share this Earth, which is great but means a living creature is sentenced to life imprisonment. I feel like zookeepers are saints but the concepts of zoos is bad… How many humans and animals does our society incarcerate? Awful.
Dr Heimlich saved his first patient – in his 90s – using the technique that carries his name. But how many lives did he save? Which shows that if we can teach others than we are making a bigger difference, and that a group is better than an individual. Ayn Randist’s be damned!
In 2003 my toddler son contracted MRSA and spent 3 days in the hospitable. They treated him with a drug that was the last known defense against drug resistant bacteria and the doctor told us it was a matter if time before that drug stopped being effective. Now a woman in Pennsyl is the first in the US to contract an untreatable bacteria. Very scary – like living pre1940s, when an infection could be a death sentence.