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14 The Path to War

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Avi yanked himself from the memory of his suicide attempts and looked squarely at Carol.

“So no, Carol,” he said, “my stuttering was not the cause of my problems. Rather, I carried a heart at war—a heart at war with others, myself, and the world. I had been using my stuttering as a weapon in that war and had gotten myself into a place where I was seeing and feeling crookedly and self-justifyingly. That was my problem. And I wasn’t able to find my way out of it until I found my way out of my need for justification.”

“How were you able to do it?” Carol asked, her voice barely more than a whisper. “How did you get rid of your need for justification?”

Avi smiled at her. “That, Carol, will be our topic for tomorrow.”

“You’re going to leave it at that?” Lou asked Avi. “You just told us you tried to commit suicide twice and now we’re just going to leave for the evening?”

Avi chuckled. “You want to hear more about it?”

“Well, I don’t know,” Lou pulled back. “Maybe.”

“I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow,” Avi promised. “But in our last forty minutes or so this evening, I think it would be best to review what we’ve covered today. That way, we’ll come back tomorrow with a solid understanding.

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GLOSSARY ing the people, animals, nature, and situations therein, emphasizing emotional, mental, social, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Frog (horse anatomy): Wedge-shaped substance in the sole of the hoof which acts as a cushion.

Gerontology: The scientific study of the process and problems of aging.

Hackamore: Circular device fitting around a horse’s muzzle, an alternative to a metal bit in his mouth, by which the rider communicates signals.

Half-halt: With a rider mounted, the horse is slowed almost to a stop, and then abruptly urged back to normal speed.

Harrington Rod Insertion: A procedure to stabilize the spine by fusing together two or more vertebrae, using either metal (Harrington) rods or bone grafts.

Hemispherectomy: Excision of one cerebral hemisphere, undertaken due to intractable (not adequately controlled by medication) epilepsy, and other cerebral conditions.

Hippotherapy: From the Greek word for horse, hippos, literally meaning therapy with the aid of a horse.

Infantile Spasms: Brief (typically one to five seconds) seizures occurring in clusters of two to one hundred at a time, with possibly dozens of episodes per day.

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Shedrow: A row of stalls in a horse barn, fronting on a covered walkway.

Spasticity: Increased tension of muscles when certain nerve signals are not sent by the brain, or are blocked from traveling to the spinal cord.

Spastic: Characterized by spasms. Hypertonic, meaning the muscles are rigid and the movements awkward. The more quickly a muscle is stretched, the stiffer it becomes.

Spatial Awareness: The ability to work within one’s own space, and to organize people and objects in relation to one’s own body. Indication of developmental lags include bumping into, spilling or being hit by things; backing away from moving objects; and short attention span.

Spatial Orientation: Our natural ability to maintain our body orientation and/or posture in relation to the surrounding environment, at rest and during motion. It depends on the brain’s effective perception, integration and interpretation of sensory information from visual, vestibular (inner ear), and proprioceptive (receptors located in the skin, muscles, tendons and joints) systems, and to a lesser degree, the auditory system.

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CHAPTER 25: It Would be Good for Business Too

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Though business leaders have often opposed campaigns for shorter work hours, some of the most enlightened (see especially Benjamin Hunnicutt’s examination of the Kellogg’s six-hour day in Chapter 16) have found that shorter work time actually produces benefits in the form of more productive, happy, and loyal employees. While working on the PBS special, Running Out of Time, my colleague, Vivia Boe, interviewed Rudolph Ebneth, a manager at the giant BMW auto plant in Regensburg, Germany. “Our workers,” said Ebneth, “have to work 400 hours less than their American counterparts. And they like having time for their families.” A balanced life, he suggested, made them better workers. We invite American business leaders to join in the Take Back Your Time Day dialogue. We believe it’s a win-win situation for workers and employers. —JdG

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… No it’s Workaholic! This superhuman being can work through anything—vacations, weekends, family events—all for the good of his or her company or organization. Indeed many employees need to be superhuman in order to endure the rigors of work in America. Consider what one manager at a large, global financial services company told Washington State University professors Mary Blair-Loy and Amy Wharton:

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11. What is our role in creating change?

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What is our role in creating change?

Several years ago, I read of a Buddhist teacher who encouraged people filled with despair over the state of the world. His advice was simple and wise: “It’s our turn to help the world.” I love this statement because it reminds us of other times and other people who stepped forward to help create the changes that were necessary.

We do live in an era that is unique in at least two ways. For the first time, humans have altered the Earth’s ecology and created consequences that are just beginning to materialize in frightening ways.

And we are aware immediately of tragedies and horrors everywhere in the world, no matter where they occur.

But for all of human existence, no matter how terrible the time, there always have been people willing to step forward to do whatever they could to create positive change. Some succeeded, some did not. As we struggle with our own time, it’s good to remember that we are standing on very strong shoulders that stretch far back in history.

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