“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best (St. Jerome).” We’re like the plants in our window, garden, or landscape. We’re either growing or we’re decaying. If we choose to keep growing, we choose to keep learning. We choose to become a better person. We choose to understand how we become a better part of our community. Never stop growing. Never stop learning. Never stop becoming a better person. You have so much to offer our world.
You Bet It Is – Here are the Detrimental Effects
Drinking excessively within a short period of time, or binge drinking, increases the stress on your body and internal organs (and can result in feeling a hangover following a drinking session). High levels of alcohol in your body can result in headaches, severe dehydration, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and indigestion.3
Drinking excessively, even on a single occasion, increases a person’s risk of detrimental heart effects. These effects include:16
- Cardiomyopathy, which means that your heart muscle has a harder time pumping blood.
- Arrhythmias, which is an irregular heartbeat.
- High blood pressure.
Excessive alcohol use on a single occasion can also put you at risk of alcohol poisoning. This can occur when your body is overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol you drank and is no longer able to effectively process it from your system. You can experience a negative impact on your breath rate, heart rate, and gag reflex. Severe alcohol poisoning can lead to a coma and even death.
“What is the beginning? Love. What is the course. Love still. What the goal. The goal is love.”
Love is Enough
Love is enough: though the world be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the skies be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter:
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.
Make a list of all the good things that happened to you in 2022. If you’re in a relationship, it’s a chance for a cheap date (head out to a coffee shop) and brainstorm the good things that happened to you as a couple and individually. You’ll discover 2022 wasn’t so bad after all. You’ll discover more good came to you than you realized. You’ll be filled gratefulness for 2022 and hope for 2023. Yes, make this time a time to focus on the good that surrounded you during the year.
We are often predisposed to act defensively. When we’re criticized we often act to defend ourselves or deeply bury the resentment. When some service isn’t up to what we expected, we demand satisfaction or our money back. There’s another way to look it. What if we didn’t see the other person or people as out to get us or cheat us? What if we tried to act reasonably to reconcile a situation? I’ve discovered this works more often than not. It doesn’t mean one has to be a pushover, far from it. We can persist in a reasonable and calm way until we reach a satisfactory conclusion. Everything doesn’t have to be a battle. Every critic isn’t evil, if we listen we might learn and grow. Every thing we hear that challenges how we think about things isn’t wrong. If we listen we may gain new insights.
Joe: “I have a date for New Year’s Eve.”
Pete: “Who is it?”
Joe: “December 31st.”
I Know that He Exists
I know that He exists.
Somewhere — in Silence —
He has hid his rare life
From our gross eyes.
‘Tis an instant’s play.
‘Tis a fond Ambush —
Just to make Bliss
Earn her own surprise!
But — should the play
Prove piercing earnest —
Should the glee — glaze —
In Death’s — stiff — stare —
Would not the fun
Look too expensive!
Would not the jest —
Have crawled too far!
I always enjoyed competitive sports. One thing competitive sports taught me is to never quit, never give up. There are a myriad of examples of athletes coming from behind to win. There are a myriad of examples of athletes overcoming incredible odds to win. Those that do, reach deep into their reservoir of strength to not give up. They understand that the contest is not over until the final whistle is blown. They refuse to quit. They offer us a great lesson for all aspects of our lives. Don’t quit, don’t ever give up, keep digging in and giving it all you’ve got. You may surprise everyone.
“You’re something between a dream and a miracle (Elizabeth Barrett Browning).” We often don’t think of ourselves as a miracle, we look for miracles outside of us. Yet, we are an incomprehensible miracle. When I finished an extensive workout at the gym yesterday I happened to glance at my right forearm. My blood veins were swollen from my exercise. I followed the veins down my forearm. I saw how they branched off into my fingers and for an instant I was overwhelmed with the miracle of my body. I comprehended how all the pieces work together. I was filled with gratitude. Yes, we are something between a dream and a miracle.