WRITING IS HAPPINESS

For me, writing is what “makes my day”.  It is a part of me that will never be completely finished.

Each time I write an article my thoughts expand, my mind concentrates and I feel “free” to share my most intimate thoughts with someone.  As one writer put it, “writing to me is the same as the ability to walk, talk, and think.” It gives the reader “bits of my soul, my heart, my mind and my spirit”.  It is a consummate part of me.

This world is full of any subject one can write about.  There is so much more information out there to research and, in doing so, I learn more about the world.  The nightly news gives us a “snapshot” of what is going on in the world at the moment.   To fully understand why it is happening, one must delve into more of the subject ourselves.

History gives us many lessons as to the outcome of the actions taken today that will affect the future.  Learning of countries where millions are starving puts us to action to get involved in helping to feed them. Learning millions are being murdered by their own government gets us involved to speak out against dictators and wars and, to help those who survive.  We are all capable of helping any of them if we open our hearts to the pain and suffering in this world.  It is easy to watch the news and then forget about it because we don’t have to deal with those life and death situations. However, there are people right here in America who need help  providing a home for their families, feeding them, getting them medical help, transportation, etc. so, the need is also here.  It’s up to each of us to do what we can to help humankind.

I will not be writing for a while as life has given me a health problem that needs attention.  God willing, it won’t be too long before I can get back to the pleasure of writing once again.

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“NIGHT OWL”

I am “coming out of the closet” to reveal a much misunderstood genetic trait.

It’s time for all “night owls” to do the same.  We live in a world where our biological clock is not in sync with the rest of society and, we need all the support we can get.

As far back as I can remember, I always wondered why I was different.  Why I couldn’t go to sleep when the rest of the family did.  Oh, I would go to bed but not to sleep.  As a child, when the rest of the household was sound asleep, I was wide awake, basking in the stillness of the night.  This was MY time, when no one could interrupt my thoughts and my mind could take flight into the dreams of the future.

The abruptness of reality returned all too soon as each of my three siblings took turns trying to wake me as they left for the school day.  I would hear the first call, return to sleep and, only when I knew it was the last call would I get up.  It’s amazing, how, in a state of semi-consciousness, I managed to get myself dressed and to school on time.

I have tried all kinds of well meaning advice from friends to change this nocturnal schedule.   “Early to bed – Early to Rise” did not make me healthy, wealthy or wise.  It made me tired!

Although many years have since passed when I had no choice but to do with less sleep (marriage, children and work), I am still on the same biological clock and, still out of sync with the rest of society.  The big difference now is I don’t have to get up to take care of anyone.  I can sleep as late as I want.  Although my friends and family are accepting, I know they don’t fully understand.

Nothing can change my “inner clock”.  It is set on “permanent” and does not have an alarm that goes off just because I have to get up early.  It is part of my total makeup.  I cannot change this genetic trait any more than a person could change brown eyes to blue by wishing it so.

There is  a “medical” term for this.  It is called “circadian rhythm ”.   It explains this as an inability to fall asleep at a desired, “conventional” clock time and awaken at a “socially acceptable” morning time.

‘When allowed to choose their preferred sleep schedule”, people exhibit sleep of normal quality and duration for their age and maintain a stable but delayed “relationship of entertainment” to the 24 hour, sleep-wake patterns.  The “circadian clock” is not in phase with, and cannot be “entrained” to, the 24 hour light-dark cycle.