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Healthy Information? Really!!!! 

Information is EVERYWHERE!!!

We are surrounded by, smothered in, immersed in, engulfed in, and enveloped by information every day.  It is somewhat difficult to escape.  It does not sound like anything important until you try to escape it or hide from it.  That's when information makes its dominant position in society known.

This past week was an "information fast" for me with Sunday being a Low Tech day.  What was missed during the fast?  Absolutely nothing.

Depressing news wasn't missed at all.  The hard to find feel-good story gets buried under countless articles that all point out how bad things are.  A lot of good things happened during last week's fast.  I know... cuz I watched them happen.  Replace the news with your own eye-witness accounts of the things that are happening around you.  Decide for yourself how good or how bad life is.

Social Media's absence wasn't missed either.  Many people rail against Facebook while posting rants about politics, religion, sports, foods, pop stars, and recreational drama.  It was nice to be ignorant of such "information."  I'll check Facebook occasionally, and that is about it.  The app is not on my phone; and it is the first of a few social media apps to go.

In this data vacuum, focused attention was directed towards information that can be immediately used to achieve some of this year's goals.  A Yes or No answer to the following question is now an effective data discriminator:

"Will I immediately use this information for something important, something that builds my foundation?"  

A simple Yes or No is all it takes to determine if it is worth consuming or absorbing the information

Everyone is susceptible to information overload, which can cause both mental and emotional health issues.  Cut the useless, depressing information.  Replace it with more relevant information: better yet, build relationships with family and friends, get into a hobby, or find a creative outlet.  My wife and I spent Lo Tech Sunday cleaning out the cars: deep cleaning like removing the seats, and shampooing the carpet and seats (Remember that feeling you get when yours or your loved one's car breaks down?).  

Putting time into yourself, your loved ones and the things you possess will alter your quality of life more than the vast majority of information you can absorb.

Information directly affects mental and emotional health.  Be a data discriminator.  Filter out the useless and depressing.  There are more than enough good things in life to replace no-value information with.

Share your thoughts below, especially if you've found a creative way to cut the useless information from your life.

That My Rumor and I'm Sticking To It!

Sometimes.... Life Makes the Decision Easy! 

God, Health, or Wealth?  Which part of the Foundation should be addressed first?

It was time to decide.  Life crept in and made it an easy answer... Health.  But in a rather unexpected way.

My wife's car had coolant problems.  Our son and I spent a day in the garage with the car.  We learned some cool stuff and fixed the car: harmony restored.  The following day, my wife called because the car would not start.  Our son and I trouble shot it down to a defective battery.  Battery replaced: harmony restored once again.  

Okay... this is cute... but where is the Health, Mr. Drummer Man?

The Health is in harmony restored!

We did not fight throughout this little detour.  However, tension built up all the same because my wife had been stranded by her car.  This issue evoked insecurity and frustration for us both.  Feelings of insecurity and frustration are health issues brought on by a malfunctioning car.

The "Health" part of the Foundation has different components.  The people and relationships in our lives are one of those health components.  My wife is one of my most important people.  I suffer when she suffers.  I get frustrated when she feels insecure.  I am sure the feeling would've intensified if the situation did not resolved quickly.

Cars malfunction.  Fecal matter occurs!  It's no big deal... until one of the most important people in your life is stranded by the malfunctioning car.  Then, the situation becomes a mental and emotional health issue, one to remedy as soon as possible.

Who are the important people in your life?       They are components of the Health part of your foundation

How does disharmony in their lives affect your mental and emotional health?

The well being of those you love impacts your health for the better or the worse every day.  

Fortunately, this time, a new battery restored harmony for us both.  It is not always that easy!

Take the time to share some thoughts on this issue; either in the comments section below, or send an email.

That's My Rumor, and I'm Sticking To It.


The Elements of the Foundation 

You ever learn about foundations?  There is a lot that goes into them: engineering, time, materials, man-hours, etc.  Why all the effort?  Because it is a one-and-done project, and it must remain solid and reliable for decades to come.  

Ponder the critical elements of your life's foundation. Is your foundation solid and reliable?

Don't be surprised when you discover the elements are interwoven and inseparable... like the elements of a concrete slab!

The three elements of my life's foundation are God, Health, and Wealth.  They support my life; both enabling and inspiring me to forge ahead.  They are truly interwoven and inseparable, and work together, in unison, to form a solid base that is very comfortable to stand on.

Please join in:  Ponder... Discover... Decide...  Design a foundation to stand firmly on as you forge ahead in life.

Which element should we dig into first?

Share the elements of your foundation in the comments, and share this with those who are interested in such stuff.

"That's My Rumor, and I'm Sticking To It!"