the importance of a good night’s sleep

by WizardOfWords on March 16, 2015

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The good folks at the Casper Mattress Company sent me an e-mail asking me what type of sleeper I am, and having had discussions recently with friends about our inability to get a good night’s sleep got me thinking it might make for an interesting blog post.

Casper Mattress Sleepers

The graphics are fun and well done. There’s no question. I’m a “Cat Napper” as our cat Jimmy does indeed sleep on my head! What type of sleeper are you?

Do you have trouble sleeping? Is it because of your bed? Because of your time of life? (It’s well known that seniors have trouble sleeping through the night, and that women going through menopause also have difficulty getting a restful sleep.) Stress and diet can also affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Jimmy sleeping

I admire cats for their ability to sleep. Here’s a great shot of Jimmy sleeping on the incredibly comfortable beds at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort. Definitely a “Bed Hogger!” And you can tell he sure was enamoured with the goose feather duvets.

But cats seem to be able to sleep any time, any where, don’t they? We should be so lucky!

I know that ambient light also affects my sleep. I cover the light on our digital clock, as that prevents me from sleeping. My husband has severely reduced night vision, so we keep a night light on in the kitchen for him. It helps him, but the light that filters into our bedroom from that prevents me from going into a deep sleep.

We’re told that on the average, we sleep away 26 years of our lives! That’s an incredible amount of time to be catching Z’s!

Do you have a secret to helping you get a deep and restful sleep? Please share! We all learn so much from one another on this blog and I thank you for that.

And then please join us back here the week of March 30th for our next new post. Tip: If you subscribe to the blog in the column to the right, you’ll never miss a post! Thanks, and may your next sleep be a restful one! 

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the importance of trust

by WizardOfWords on March 1, 2015

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our discussion on the previous post about gratitude. It was a good one. (It’s not too late to share your thoughts on that one if you’d like.)

In today’s post, I’d like to talk about the importance of trust in our lives and relationships.

To trust means to put one’s faith in someone or something. To have confidence in someone or something. To be free of doubt or suspicion.

A terrific quote about trust by Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 19th century American poet, resonated with me: “Self-trust is the first secret to success.” So true! If we don’t have trust in ourselves, no one else will trust us either. And if no one has faith in our abilities, we are highly unlikely to succeed.

So trust begins at home–within ourselves. But it is so important to be sure that we trust those in our immediate lives and show them that we have that trust. Remember the old adage, Show Don’t Tell. Our actions speak louder than words, and when action we take implies a lack of trust, it plants the seed for a reciprocal lack of trust. And a spiral of darkness often results that is the beginning of the end–to a business relationship, a friendship, or a marriage.

I really think that people take the virtue of trust too lightly. At least some people do, and the result is that some people make their way through life never learning how to put their faith in someone or how to completely trust someone.

I may be naive in some regards when it comes to trust. But I would rather be trusting, and get the occasional (virtual) bruise, than live my life by infusing doubt and suspicion into my relationships–whether they be business or personal.

Let’s talk about trust. Have you found a lack of trust changed the way you felt about someone? Or created an inability to work or live with someone? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’re ever looking for a complete list of virtues, you’ll find it at this site. And if you’re looking for more in-depth discussions on virtues, Stacey Porto has a great site in Virtues for Life.

Please join us back here the week of March 15th for our next new post.

 

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my 10 catalysts of gratitude

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air travel with a cat

December 13, 2014
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Posts on this blog are generally related to books, virtues of life and the writing lifestyle. I generally save topics of travel for my travel blog. But as I’ve been travelling a fair amount lately, and have a multitude of posts in the queue, I’m posting this travel-related post here with hope you can help […]

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thankful for my friends

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With thanks and gratitude being top of mind this week because of the celebration of US Thanksgiving that has just passed, it made me realize how grateful I am to have terrific friends–and friends who love to travel! Sure, I’m fortunate to be able to travel the world for chocolate. But it wouldn’t be nearly […]

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Can you write a book?

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I was surprised when I heard Shelagh Rogers, the host of CBC’s “The Next Chapter” literary program, tell an author she was interviewing that she “could never write a book.” A person who spends much of her time interviewing authors and reading books believing (and admitting) that she doesn’t have what it takes to write […]

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