At Bible Study we were given this advice: Remember HALT! Don’t make decisions when you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired. And I would add, anxious.
There is no end to the list of books and advice on how to be more positive, have more energy, increase creativity, productivity, and longevity…and so on. Every woman’s magazine has an article for dieting, making scrumptious recipes, and having a better sex life. Don’t forget to take a power nap, which seems to gain more power the older I get. Advice abounds!
We are supposed to be boosting our brains, our rumps and our faces. Buns of steel, brain exercises, and looking like we are 30 when we are 60 is to be our goal. And have you heard of the memory benefits of eating coconut oil? (I’ve almost forgotten.)
One popular magazine has so many cancer preventing, age preventing, everything boosting foods listed to eat in each issue, I wonder how I’m supposed to find, eat, and eliminate all this, stay slim, rested and be creatively productive until I’m a hundred.
I had a plump, soft, grandma, whom I remember sitting in her favorite chair (which now is my favorite chair in my living room), and smiling. Guess who I wanted to spend time with.
So I waffle, should I be a slim, busy grandma, (I have the busy down—half-way there), or a plump, soft grandma who always has time for grandkids? (Again, half-way there—I have the plump part down.)
Should I try to juggle as many responsibilities and brain-building activities as I can? (Got that down too.) Or should I firmly limit what I let people talk me into, make an excuse why I can’t do it, (even if they don’t believe me), and make a decision when I’m hungry, (I’ll have a cookie and solve that problem), angry, lonely, or tired?
If we were all so well-balanced, who would buy the books and magazines with all the advice in them? Where would our fellow writers be?
Well, all these questions have caused brain fatigue, and my brain has persuaded my body that it’s also fatigued, so perhaps the power nap I’m about to take will dream up the wisdom needed to take control, follow all of the advice, and only do what’s healthy and wise. (I gave up on the wealthy part finally.)
I’ll keep reading and listening to the advice. And probably make a decision when I’m hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, not to take it.