Elsewhere / Important Decisions

Jasper Blake on The Most Important Decision You Ever Make. — "The most important decision you ever make is the one where you decide that you already are that which you are striving to be... Being an athlete is the process in which you engage in athletic practice with vigor, intent and passion."

Though world record setting marathon runner Ed Whitlock passed this year at age 86, in an age of technology and ever-changing methodology Ed's approach proves simplicity may be the key to longevity.

"I do what not to do to an extreme," Whitlock says. "I go out jogging. It's not fast running, just that I do it for a long time. I don't follow what typical coaches say about serious runners. No physios, ice baths, massages, tempo runs, heart rate monitors. I have no strong objection to any of that, but I'm not sufficiently organized or ambitious to do all the things you're supposed to do if you're serious. The more time you spend fiddlediddling with this and that, the less time there is to run or waste time in other ways." — Runner's World


Studies are speculating that Depression is an allergic reaction to inflammation. The theory has to do with proteins called cytokines, which set off inflammation in the body.

George Slavich, a psychologist at the University of California in Los Angeles, studies depression and concludes that it has as much to do with the body as the mind.

Links to diet — "A diet rich in trans fats and sugar has been shown to promote inflammation, while a healthy one full of fruit, veg and oily fish helps keep it at bay. Obesity is another risk factor, probably because body fat, particularly around the belly, stores large quantities of cytokines."

From WikipediaCytokines are crucial for fighting off infections and in other immune responses. However, they can become dysregulated and pathological in inflammation, trauma, and sepsis. Adverse effects of cytokines have been linked to many disease states and conditions ranging from schizophrenia, major depression and Alzheimer's disease to cancer.


A message repeated in much of my reading, the belief that success comes when we let go of it's importance to our selves, our identities, and focus on helping/serving others.

In order to be truly successful, and to make an enormous impact on the world, you must give yourself fully to something. It can't be about you anymore. You must be driven to serve. To help other people, and to solve specific problems. — Inc on How To Be More Creative