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experiences getting outside my comfort zone. Each time I stepped outside that zone, it has been scary but never painful, and once I accomplished what I thought was scary, I realized the scary was all in my mind. In other words, as King Louis XIV suggested, I had not conquered myself. (I believe this to be a lifelong challenge.) Looking back over many years, for me, the scary came from the fear that nothing would ever change, and of course nothing can change if we continue doing the same things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always done. I know people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to change, who are happy as long as there is a roof over their heads and a big screen TV in the bedroom. They have much to offer and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know it. This is similar to the artist who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share his/her work with the world. Their own lack of confidence stops the flow of blessings and inspiration to those who might see their art. Can you measure the reward each time you step outside your comfort zone? Can you put a monetary value on personal transformation? Can you buy the feeling you get when you accomplish something you thought impossible? Of course not, it is priceless. When we look at our lives as changeable, movable and not static, we discover value we never saw before. Hopefully you have experienced relationships that you would call priceless. (Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a toast to the latest one with your


Edgar or Ethel.) We tend to put value on others more than ourselves, but in successful Nutsville, we are valuing ourselves, our transformation, health and happiness above all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selfish,â&#x20AC;? you may say, but our world will not shine until we offer it 100 percent of who we are. Those we love most will only benefit from this selfishness. If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t healthy or happy, everyone around you lives a compromised life. The purpose of life is doing what brings us tremendous joy. We serve the world when we are doing what makes us happy. There are many philosophies on the subject of selfishness, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the space to go into them all, but I know from experience that once I get my attitude in line, my thoughts then can turn into decided action that is functional, real and constructive. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m building a life, my life, and only I can do that, unless, of course, I yield decisions (that affect me) to another person. Speaking of this, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always heard and chuckled at the saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aging is not for sissies.â&#x20AC;? In a few months Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be 65, and suddenly the government wants to make decisions for me in the form of Medicare and even how much I can and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t earn after the age of 65, and my attorney wants me to appoint a fiduciary to make decisions for me â&#x20AC;&#x153;should that be necessary.â&#x20AC;? Suddenly, just because I am reaching a certain age, things are getting out of hand. Then, I look in the mirror and realize someone or

Simple and healthy ways to boost your energy levels As a day wears on, many men and women find their energy levels steadily decreasing. Some resort to a cup of coffee, while others prefer a sugary snack to get more pep. Such solutions are not always healthy and rarely provide more than a temporary jolt of energy. So what are men and women to do when the inevitable postlunch doldrums rear their ugly heads? Oftentimes the best way to remedy a dip in energy levels is to prevent it in the first place. There are several simple and healthy ways to boost your energy levels so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find yourself falling flat in the afternoon. â&#x20AC;˘ Drink water throughout the day. Water is a versatile beverage that serves many purposes, not the least of which is its ability to make a positive impact on your energy levels. When the body does not get enough water, it can

send a variety of signals that are easily misread. The symptoms of thirst or dehydration can easily be confused for hunger, which may cause you to eat more during the day, and that food can make you feel sluggish as the day progresses. Even slight dehydration can make you feel fatigued. If drinking water isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a part of your daily routine and you find yourself feeling fatigued on a regular basis, start drinking water and your energy levels will likely increase. Water is an especially good way to boost your energy levels thanks to its availability and affordability. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t skip meals. Skipping meals is robbing your body of the fuel it needs to get through the day. Skipping breakfast is especially harmful, as you will be starting the day off essentially on a fast and your energy levels n See Energy on next page

something has absconded with my collagen, and I am helpless in the face of gravity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aging is not for sissiesâ&#x20AC;? is putting it mildly! I suggest you make getting outside your comfort zone a daily practice so, when you hit the big 65, all the changes wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t scare the bejesus out of you! This week, make every effort to embrace multiple changes, forward momentum and feeling loss of control. Once we live outside

our comfort zones, we realize we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be rich, beautiful, young or smart to have adventures or a life beyond our dreams. Grab your giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher Join me next time for The Zen Nut!


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