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Diet for STRESS
"Work like you don't need the money. Love like
you've never been hurt.
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Sunday, June 01, 2003
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19 March 2003
Here we are. On the brink as I write, and (barring a major miracle) actively
Please understand up front that this is not a political statement. It is not my intention to write about what I believe the USA should be doing about Saddam. This is simply an observation. Period. If you need to vent, contact the White House.
In the course of my routine for the past couple of days, I have done my best to tune in, to take the pulse of my surroundings if you will. What is the atmosphere, what is the prevalent mentality here in La Place, LA, about 30 minutes west of New Orleans? The good times ain't exactly rolling...
In a word, what we have here is STRESS. We could expand that to anxiety, trepidation. Fear. Pure and simple. Things are quiet here. Too quiet. Very little chit-chat. Very few smiles. The communal expression is Serious. Very Serious. As well it should be. We are preoccupied. We find it very difficult to concentrate on the tasks at hand, no matter how routine. What to do??? Eat. (And please. Take this in the spirit in which it is intended, okay? I am trying to lighten up!)
Diet for Stress
[If only I knew from whence this prescription came, I would gladly give credit where it is due. All I can tell you is that it has been in our files for a very long time. And I have, of course, taken the liberty of adding a personal touch here and there...]
"This diet is designed to help you cope with the stress that builds up during the day (week, month, year...)."
Additional Rules for this Diet:
1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has NO
REMEMBER: What is STRESSED spelled backward? DESSERTS!
Still having trouble? No problem...
a relatively large glass mix equal parts of Amaretto, Chambord, and pineapple
juice. Shake this concoction with ice and strain it into a cobalt blue glass
decorated with sun, moon and stars (or favorite glass or your choice). Top it
off with ice-cold Champagne. Drink. Take two aspirin. Drink again.
It seems to me that the thoughts I have expressed to you
God bless America.
And on a more serious note:
seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love,
are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of
one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am
really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love
of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine
reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one."