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Slow Dance, A Poem by David L. Weatherford

It was Friday evening. A light rain had just stopped, just right to cool down the wind and clear up the sky in preparation of sunset. I was sitting at Starbucks Coffee to cool down myself, and thinking of which photo should I submit for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge, Rule of Thirds.

When I pop back from my thought,  the sky has turned to bright red. Suddenly I remembered a poem that I read a couple of years ago. A poem that reminds me not to go to fast. To spare times to call your friends, talk with your family and loved one, and to have fun.

The poem was, and still resonates with me. I quote the poem below the photo, written nicely by David L. Weatherford. You can read the original poem here.

Have a Nice Weekend, and remember to slow down

Have a Good Day

Slow Dance, A Poem by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids, On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain, Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down. Don’t dance too fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day, On the fly?
When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
With the next hundred chores, Running through your head?

You’d better slow down, Don’t dance too fast.
Time is short, The music won’t last.

Ever told your child we’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die,
Cause you never had time to call and say Hi?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower.
Hear the music, Before the song is over

Stress, Emotion and Appetite

Many have been written about stress and appetite. When under stress more than the body can handle, bad things start to happen. One symptom is increasing appetite. If not managed well, the increased appetite can wreak havoc to the body, from high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, increasing weight and many more.

I experience this prolonged stress first hand on the first 6 months of 2014. We were pushing to launch a new system, and could easily spending 10 hours at office everyday, weekend included. And sometimes, I even continue for 1-2 hours at home, trading a good night sleep with 2-3 glass of wine.

During this period, I can easily feel hungry every hour. I can finish whole pack of peanut (250gr), and the next hour, will crave for a bag of potato chips. We ordered pizza for dinner, and I can easily finish 4 big slices in one seating. If in another hour, we still have leftover, I will happily finish it.

The result is easy to guess. I wrote it in detail in this post about my health turnaround. Bottom line is, my already high cholesterol hit a new record, and my blood sugar which was normally OK, is now in borderline of diabetic. I gained close to 4kg in 6 months, quite modest, as I still try to put in running in between.

Once the prolonged stress end, so does my appetite. I found myself in generally manageable stress situation, which allows another realization to uncover: Excessive amount of emotion will also alter my appetite.

There are a lot of happy moments in the 2nd half of 2014. Few family holidays, finishing several half marathon, and a full marathon, birthdays, or just some minor celebration in the office. Each of this trigger a “happy” emotion. And at the same time, I feel that my appetite increase in each of this occasion.

It is true that, some of those occasions warrant a higher appetite. Finishing a Marathon, or even Half-Marathon, for example. In this case, the increased appetite will do no harm. But most of it doesn’t really warrant more appetite. Small celebration in office with Pizzas, for example. In normal situation, when someone ordered a Pizza, I won’t be interested. But, if it is related to a celebration, such as birthday, I can easily finish 2-3 slices.

What am I going to do then? Well, removing all of my emotion like the Vulcan do definitely is not an option, as I’m not a Vulcan. Removing myself from all of these celebration is also not an option. It will make life less colorful. So, here what I’m going to do: Never come to a celebration with empty stomach. Remember, the main objective is to celebrate, to to grab all the free food that is available. Always eat before a celebration, and eat well.
There are finite amount of food that the stomach can consume at one time. And if you do eat something before celebration, and a proper food, hopefully it will limit the food that you will eat during a celebration.

Good luck with managing the appetite…….