A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.   – Steve Martin

I don’t mean to sound whiny, but I miss the sunshine already!  It’s not even winter yet – we have another month before winter even begins!  Does the fall back time change affect anyone else like this?  I’m not prone to be depressed, but the time change gives me the blues.

Every year I hear the same story – they’re going to discontinue the fall back time change and stay on daylight savings time.  Blah blah blah…  I’ve heard that every year – yet here we are – changing our clocks and trying to cope with the aftermath for weeks afterward!  I’ll be honest – I’m getting older and this time change is not the piece of cake it used to be.  Like most middle-aged people, I find change to be more difficult than ever before.

Reverting to standard time is generally thought to be less physically stressful than the clock springing-forward, since people get an extra hour to sleep that morning, research indicates that even a relatively small 60-minute time change can have effects on the body, health and even traffic safety.  We know that the Monday morning after DST is in effect, there is a significant increase in traffic accidents – but the same is true when we fall back!

It all has to do with the body’s circadian rhythm.  Obviously our sleep patterns are messed up – granted, it’s only an hour, but it really messes with older people – trust me!

Do you get more hungry for comfort food after the fall back time change?  Well, I’ll be the first to admit – I do!  I could easily eat an entire Knolla’s pizza all by myself!  I can’t explain it except to say when it is dark outside and there’s a little chill in the air, I just want to snuggle in and hibernate – and eat pizza!  It’s sad to admit that my ambition does not extend beyond that scenario, but it is what it is I suppose.  I want to go on the record though – it’s not the holiday season that makes us gain weight – it’s this stupid change back to standard time!  I don’t indulge in a big holiday feast with lots of people – but when the time changes I can lose control in the quiet of my house.  It’s not Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas that keep me tipping the scales.

There is a 7% increase in traffic accidents the week after DST comes to an end, according to a study done by Texas A&M University.  It’s like having jet lag – performance is diminished and cognitive abilities decrease because we’re groggy.  Our rhythms aren’t adjusted to the change and that means we will make mistakes.  It’s roughly the same statistic for the week of DST – so whether we are falling back or springing ahead – the change is reflected in an increase in traffic accidents.  Those statistics alone should be sufficient evidence that this time changing is not a good idea!

Since it’s dark by the time we get off work, we have to adjust to driving home in the dark, which may be to blame for more accidents in the evening.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns, it may take some time to adjust to low-light driving when you are used to commuting home in broad daylight.

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I hope that one day the powers that be decide that this time change takes too much of a toll on people – and END IT!  Those of us who are older and have become creatures of habit and set in our ways would surely appreciate it!  🙂

 

 

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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GOOD MORNING!

Mornings…  sigh.  Are you at peace with your pace?  As a kid I woke up listening to my favorite music on my stereo.  Daddy used to come in my room and turn on KLEO – and my day would begin.  Once I was a married woman, I had an annoying alarm clock that made a very annoying buzzing sound to wake me up.  It didn’t even have a snooze button!

As I get older, I have a desire to wake up more slowly and with a greater sense of purpose.  I have the most wonderful and aromatic way of being allured to consciousness – I recently purchased a coffee maker with a timer!  I set the timer, the coffee is made and I smell it!  Ah… time to wake up – and I can handle that!

I asked the group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, how they deal with this common problem called – morning.  Here are some of their responses:

  • Coffee
  • Tea (hot and iced)
  • Facebook
  • Coke
  • Pepsi Zero
  • Exercise (most said a walk outside)
  • Meditation / Devotions / Prayer Time – to seek purpose and direction
  • Sunlight streaming through open curtains into bedroom
  • A glass of cool water to invigorate and prevent dehydration

So even if we are caffeine junkies (and most of us are), we should still begin with that glass of H2O because we need to be rehydrated.  We care for our physical, psychological and spiritual needs every morning.  It’s important to keep a balanced attitude toward morning – every morning.

Get a full 8 hours of sleep because it’s during that time physical repairs take place.   Choose a way of waking up that will make you happy to begin with.  No matter how you begin your day, make it a great one to whatever extent you can!  Your routine each morning should reinforce the joy you want inside that will spill out to others.

If you are still part of the workforce (not to rub it in, but I’m retired)…  here are some good tips for streamlining your work week:

Wow – that brings back some memories…  I used to plan my wardrobe a week at a time.  It really does save time in the morning.

Having my gallbladder removed has left me feeling SO much better with tons of energy!  It’s so weird – I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I felt really great!  Since the surgery on June 3rd, I’ve lost 12 pounds and a few inches off my waist.  This is my head start on significant weight loss!  I am so very excited about the future, and the future begins…  tomorrow morning!  🙂

 

FALL BACK

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS

AN EXTRA HOUR TO SLEEP

When there is change jingling around in my pocket or the bottom of my handbag, that my friends, is a GOOD thing.  It means I will have something to lay on the table at the end of a good meal in a restaurant to let the server know he or she is appreciated.  It means I can make a phone call, I think.  It’s been a while since I’ve had to make a call from a pay phone – do they have a slot for pocket change anymore or do they have dollar bill slots?  I wonder if they exist anymore – everyone these days (except me) has a cell phone.

The changing seasons are good too, although I could do with more mild, shorter winters.  I’ve put in that request with my Maker, but to no avail it seems.  He does know best in these matters.  Remind me again about how global warming is the ultimate doom of us all when there is a pile of snow in my driveway this winter – ok?  But autumn – the prelude to the cold and the snow and the cabin fever I know I will endure in the coming months – oh I love autumn.  If only we could keep autumn, but it’s not meant to be.  We need to keep changing, bending without breaking under the pressure.

It’s difficult to bend without breaking as things change.  As the morals around us lower, we hang on to our core values, beliefs and integrity.  We pray that God will help us stand strong.  We don’t have to be vocal and annoying about things, but there is a quiet strength that will stay with us and help us remember who we are in God.  His Holy Spirit is in us and He will be with us to the end.

 Change always comes bearing gifts.   – Price Pritchett

Gifts???  Seriously?  Changes are not always for the best – and just because the majority has gone along is no reason I should go along too.  I will not speak out, but I will not break under the pressure to go along either.  I may bend outwardly a little – but break – no.  God won’t let me break.  He won’t let me fail – no matter what is happening around me.

Here in Wichita we will be changing our clocks again.  It’s another change I’d love to do without.  The people in Arizona don’t have to do it – why do we?  Yes, I’m whining – but I will change all of the clocks in my house again…  daylight savings time goes away today.  We will have very dark mornings and it will get dark earlier now.  Sigh – I will miss the sunlight so much.  But I will keep smiling – and change my clocks – fall back one hour.  It’s not a change I embrace, needless to say.

On November 4th I hope to see a change in the government.  I hope to see a Republican senate in office because there need to be some core values, Christian beliefs and integrity in the White House.  Someone needs to put the brakes on what’s been going on for sure.  I wish the Republicans would give us a clear game plan instead of just saying they are opposed to the status quo.  It’s not enough to know they don’t agree with what’s happening – that’s lazy campaigning.  They really need to let us know they have a better plan – then spell it out for us.  That would be a great change in my humble opinion.

Christians – hang in there – bend with change without breaking.  Lean on the Lord – He won’t let you break.  He won’t let you fail.    😀