2016 Blog Entries

Self Care

Order of the day- “You will write a “blog” on self care”.

Hhhmm! What is a blog? Self Care? What is that? When I think of self care, what comes to mind?

• Hot licks ice cream from Fairbanks – oh yeah!
• Hot corn on the cob with butter.
• Cold, sweet, and juicy watermelon.
• Peanut butter and strawberry preserves sandwich and a glass of cold milk. Whole milk not that watered down stuff!

Or building something nice out of wood like a nicely cushioned back support rocking chair. Words from a 15th Century chair maker “A good chair is like somebody hugging you”! Always remember, how I administer self care might be different than how you administer self care…

Also sometimes I find it helpful to read the words and consider the thoughts that have survived hundreds of years. Maybe, you have heard of Albert Einstein in 1954 he wrote: “Somebody who only reads the newspapers and the best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times. Since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous. There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century.”

What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious of possessions of mankind.
We owe it to a few writers of antiquity. (Plato, Aristotle, etc.) People of the middle ages could slowly extricate themselves from the superstitions and ignorance that had darkened life for more than half a millennium. Also, Socrates is famous for arguing that we must KNOW THYSELF to be wise; that the unexamined life is not worth living. Thus it’s a cruel irony that Socrates was condemned to death for corrupting the youth, “Trying to educate them on philosophy and great philosophers”. Plato’s account of Socrates on trial provides an eloquent and tragic description of the last days of Socrates that is still very relevant to our post modern democratic society. Most significantly it demonstrates the stubborn resistance that society displays towards those who choose to question the beliefs of their time (as a philosopher must). This attitude is still very alive today.

Rather than paying a doctor and advising you how to administer self care. I’ll defer to Socrates, Einstein, and others. Get to know thyself even better every day and examine your life, your goals, your methods and consider the thoughts of others, especially those who have stood the test of time… Maybe Bob Dylan was doing that when he wrote:

How does it feel?
To be on your own
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

When it gets too heavy lighten up! Take pleasure in a hot plate of French fries and ketchup-
Someone from the American mid-west claims ketchup contains natural mellowing agents.
After all self care is up to you!