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8. Aging Gracefully

Abel Jr. M.D., Robert Basic Health Publications ePub

Remembering provides as much pleasure as being there.

Because researchers have been able to identify some of the critical factors in the aging process, and advances in medical science already have enabled us to live longer, concerns about longevity recently have received a great deal of media attention. In the wake of so much positive news, we cant help but speculate how much better it could get.

Essentially, aging is an accumulation of oxidative stress on all of the systems in our body. Our eyes develop cataracts and experience macular degeneration, our hearing loses acuity, our posture more often than not is less erect, our gait becomes slower and less sure, and our overall energy decreases. No one factor is responsible either for making us age or keeping us young. Still, there are steps we can take to at least keep a toe in the water of the fountain of youth.

Earlier chapters noted that DHA is a major component of brain and nervous system development and maintenance. About fifty years ago, we began to see an epidemic of heart disease; interestingly, this trouble was not accompanied by a similar incidence of nervous system diseases. If our heart problems were brought on by changes in our lifestyle and diet, as I think most experts would agree, why did these changes not also affect the nervous system?

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9. When have I experienced working for the common good?

Margaret J. Wheatley Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

When have I experienced working for the common good?

For many years, I have talked with people who helped rescue people from disasters—bombings, floods, fires, explosions. They always describe their experiences with grief, yet with energy and satisfaction.

It seems strange that, in the face of horror, they have these good feelings. But they’re describing an experience of working for the common good—doing whatever is necessary to help another human being. And that experience is always deeply satisfying.

In a crisis, the space is wide open for contribution. There’s no time to worry or hesitate, there are few or no rules. People have a deep desire to help, so they perform miracles. We discover capacities we didn’t know we had. The chaos and urgency of a disaster encourages people to try anything, far beyond any plan or training. As one person said: “There’s no risk, because it’s already a disaster. You just keep doing whatever you can to help. If one thing doesn’t work, you try something else.”

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9: Getting it right, getting it wrong: developing an internal discourse about ethnicity and difference

Barry Mason Karnac Books ePub

Gill Corell Barnes

A subject like this deserves a book from each one of us, rather than a chapter. I have been asked to contribute a personal chapter but this is part of a more extended exploration about difference and culture to which I return with different questions at different times. I shall focus here on selected aspects of my early family experience. I see this as contributing to my developing awareness that in order to respect and value ethnic differences between people, a context has to exist in which differences themselves, rather than conformity, can be acknowledged as of value. I have thought about “getting it right and getting it wrong” at the earliest stages in my life, both in relation to external conversations about “others who are different” as well as to internalized racist discourses, conversations held in the family when I was a child and dwelling therefore somewhere in my mind as I grew up, although not necessarily held in my conscious mind.

The time bites I have included here include times when conformity was the paramount value in the immediate context I was in: my pre-adolescent life with my family and friends, pre-political consciousness; working in another culture in the United States in the early 1960s, which was the proper dawn and development of conscious awareness of ethnicity as a political issue; the daily consciousness that difference also means disagreement; working alongside African-Caribbean men and women, from the 1960s (Arnold, 1974; Gorell Barnes, 1975) to the present day. Thinking about gender and power in the 1980s and developing antiracist-practice conferences in the 1990s are referred to and referenced but not discussed. The chapter also leaves out any detailed personal recounting of my experience of the English class system and the political influences of the men I lived with as a child and a young adult; from Fabian socialist father to Thatcher-supporter stepfather and husband. Such major influences and their impact are germane, but need another context for exploration.

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Three - Anxiety

Hannah Curtis Karnac Books ePub

What is anxiety all about? Why do people worry so much? Does it serve a purpose in some obscure way? Is there a point to being stressed?

Mental health difficulties generally are on the increase. More and more people are going to their GP and saying “I just can't cope anymore”. More and more people are taking time off work with stress, more and more people are being diagnosed with depression or anxiety or both. Hearing someone say that they feel stressed or they are going through a very stressful time is not unusual.

It seems that anxiety, stress, excessive worrying, has become a big aspect of the daily lives of a large proportion of the ordinary men and women, and indeed children, of the affluent Western world. The causes of stress and anxiety are almost always attributed to modern life being difficult. Finding a good job can be hard, having enough money, finding a decent place to live; many aspects of everyday life seem to be fraught with anxiety. And it is often thought that if some aspect of life could be altered, the anxiety would go away. If we could win the lottery, or find the perfect job, all the anxiety would just disappear, we would no longer have anything to worry about.

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1 Raising My Awareness of Me

Barry Fletcher HRD Press PDF


Raising My Awareness of Me


This activity is designed to help participants establish who they are and how they feel about themselves, and begins to explore what they want for the future. Related material is found in Activities 2 and 3.


This activity would be useful to anyone involved in, for example, personal development activities, the “appraisal” of life and values, or career move planning.


To encourage participants to reappraise who they are and to describe themselves

To determine how satisfied they are with those descriptions

To begin to develop strategies for changing these perceptions, if necessary

Trainer Guidance



Average total time—1 hour and 30 minutes:







Introduction and matrix

Sharing in pairs

Producing an action plan

Learning review

20 to 25 minutes

35 to 40 minutes

10 to 15 minutes

20 minutes

Materials Required

Sufficient copies of Exercise 1.1 (and Exercise 1.2, if required)

Enough rooms/space to afford a degree of privacy


This activity requires participants to spend some time on the Self-Appraisal Matrix

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