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Wed, 18th June 2014

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling a bit grumpy, a little miserable, not your usual sparkling self? Wrong side of the bed, some say. This is not uncommon. As the day proceeds it may vanish or it may become worse. What to do? An old guy once said to me - you wake up in the morning (that in itself is a miracle), and there are two decisions. Either you're going to have a great day or a miserable one.

Your Decision

The decision is yours. It may not seem that easy, but in essence it is true. So, if feeling a bit depressed, try the following. Tell yourself very firmly. "Today is going to be the best day of my life. Every day in every way I am feeling better and better". Do not delay. Do not wallow in self pity. Jump out of bed, have a splash of cold water or hop under the shower.

Action Plan

Immediately replace the misery thoughts with an action plan for the day. Write it down. Say the points over and over for clarity. Even though it may be hard, get out and start talking to somebody - the other kids, parents, lodgers. Try a cup of coffee. The caffeine sting is a good wake up call. Probably have two - skinny flat white. Then get on with the list. The more you sit immobile, the miseries become worse and crowd out activity from mind and body.

Talk to Others

Talk around, have brekky, make a phone call or two, socialise, start moving to work and become involved immediately. The more you interact with others the better. Idle hands and idle brain cells are the powerhouse of misery. Get active. The more exercise the better. Soothing music is better than blaring neurone smashing stuff. Work your way through the list, and you will be surprised at the outcome. At days end you will feel a heap better, in fact les miserables will not have taken over after all.



My mum seems to be forever tripping, even when walking on a level footpath.


This is common. It is due to not lifting the feet high enough. A conscious effort to walk correctly is essential, but often neglected by people of all ages. Some soles tend to grip walking surfaces, increasing the risks. Falls are dangerous, but specifically in older persons as the bones weaken and break more readily.

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It amazes me how people continue to drive their cars with filthy windscreens. All petrol stations have gear to clean them properly with brushes and squeegees, and we all have windscreen wipers and water in the car.


People are intrinsically lazy, and if it all seems too hard, they do not bother. This seems to cover all people, from workers to professionals. In the interests of your own safety, those driving with you and others using the roads, please make sure your windscreen is clean at all times. Often during the day a thin unseen film of dust accumulates. When hit by the sun, often towards evening, it can almost entirely obliterate clear vision. This too is a danger zone.

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I often go for a walk for health reasons. The other day, when walking up a hill, I felt a bit tired, so sat down on a brick wall for a little rest. Imagine my surprise when a young lady crossed over and asked if I was OK, or needed any help. It re-assured me that this world still has a lot of people who care a bit for others.


Although we are constantly reminded of the evils of this world and the disasters, there is a lot of humanity out there. Many despair of the "upcoming generation". But it all seems to work out OK. Our headmaster constantly bullied and yelled at us, but the world continued and leaders and responsible adults gradually made their way to the top.

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I have made a wonderful discovery. In so doing, I have also lost about 6 kilos (that's over a stone in the old language). This delights me no end. I simply eat only when I feel hungry. Which is not very often. At no cost I am happy to pass the message on. Do not be bound by society and what everyone else does.


This is a brilliant discovery, and I am sure is the first time it has been publicly recorded. I also believe it works. Just think of the enormous amount of money saved nationally if other persons followed your wonderful discovery. Good luck.

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I am re-reading Charles Dickens for pleasure. We were forced during school years, but now I realize what a wonderful writer he was. Amazing insight into the amount of walking most people did during the 1850 era - horses were the only alternate transport for most - no cars or planes. Five to thirty miles seemed common, before one started to do some work.


Today, most would collapse at the mere thought of this, let alone withstand it. Although most seemed to die young, many also hit the 100 mark. Walking is still in fashion for better health and recreation.

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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.



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