I’ve been a food addict since I was 17 years old. I’ve spent a lifetime of dieting and exercising, to try to keep the fat off. I’m now 55, and I find it almost impossible to keep the weight off.
the last four years have been rather stressful for me.
the “us” and “them” rhetoric produces a lot of anxiety for me. https://time.com/4914655/donald-trump-us-them-rhetoric/
we are all in this thing called ‘life’. we are all connected, whether we like it or not.
time to start the healing process. time for a calm president. time for a rational president. time to relax after four years of anxiety.
What is a neurosis?
Neurotic means you’re afflicted by neurosis, a word that has been in use since the 1700s to describe mental, emotional, or physical reactions that are drastic and irrational. At its root, a neurotic behavior is an automatic, unconscious effort to manage deep anxiety.
1. Revealing the facts. 2. Honestly experiencing feelings and thoughts. 3. Demythologizing yourself.
Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated
Truth is the handmaiden of love
Dialogue is the pathway to truth
Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn
To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small
So speech must be untrammeled
So that dialogue can take place
So that we can all humbly learn
So that truth can serve love
So that suffering can be ameliorated
So that we can all stumble forward to the Kingdom of God.
– Jordan B. Peterson
untrammelled/ʌnˈtram(ə)ld/Learn to pronounceadjectiveadjective: untrammeled
- not deprived of freedom of action or expression; not restricted or hampered.”a mind untrammelled by convention”
What’s behind your mask?
Like Hitler, the president used the word lies to mean statements of fact not to his liking, and presented journalism as a campaign against himself. The president was on friendlier terms with the internet, his source for erroneous information that he passed on to millions of people.
– Timothy Snyder
Although the amount of people getting the virus is relatively low compared to other countries, things are already in panic mode here.
Supermarkets are seeing panic buying and stock-piling of food.
This effects me, because there is a lot less items available, which is very frustrating.
I have finally gotten a copy of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, as an ‘audio book’, and finished reading it today. I will be reading it again and again, as it’s so good.
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”
― Viktor Frankl
“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
He says: Instead of constantly trying to avoid suffering, one is to embrace it. This takes away it’s power over us.
He says this about all our neurotic behaviour. Go towards it, and it will dissipate.
This make a lot of sense. I need to be brave, to do this.
His story and his book, are a huge inspiration for me.