Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Life of Meaning

That's the title of a book I've been reading. I saw it on Sojourner's, but then the Forward was by Tom Brokaw, so at that point I HAD to have it!!! Now I have it, and it has a valuable place on "the bench," where I put on my shoes on in the morning, and tend to collapse when I get home. This book is compilation of interviews and writings with various people of various faiths. It's great because all the entries are short, so when I have 10 or so minutes of collapse time, there's something to do (I hate just sitting there). One of the first essays--maybe the first--I read on a woman with Crohn's who talked about having Crohn's, but then further about how going into medicine for physicians is about the power to serve. And I read an essay written by a pastor who has Parkinson's where he has a positive attitude, but ends the essay with "Damn it." My thoughts exactly! I love how this book, with these short essays, is a calming force. I read about how some people spend so much time praying or meditating. I guess this is my way of doing that. If I were to pray or meditate for a long period of time, especially in the morning (thanks, Valium), I am pretty sure I would fall asleep! :)

Now, I suppose I should go post a review on Amazon or something. Then again, maybe not. Too many things to do, too little time. So if anyone actually reads this, you should buy the book! It doesn't really matter if you are religious or not. And, like I said, Tom Brokaw wrote the Forward!!

4 comments:

Stuart said...

It would be nice to allow me to post your : the life of meaning" to my blog, via my website:
http://www.msviewsandrelatednews.com - Have you yet registered at this site so that you can be receiving Stu's Views and MS Related News? A weekly ms related e-newsletter...

Joan said...

Thank you for that book recommendation. I'll look for it because it looks like something that I need right now.

ms'er faith said...

I haven't registered, but I will so I can continue to procrastinate doing schoolwork! Thanks for the recommendation! Beth

Valium Prescription Medication said...

My name is Paul Harris and i would like to show you my personal experience with Valium.

I am 55 years old. Have been on Valium for 20 days now. I decided to get off of all benzos after much reading and having a friend who was abusing Xanax kill himself (may have been other issues, too). I was taking about 4 mg of Klonopin daily. I read a lot of the reseach on benzos by Dr. Heather Ashton, one of the world's leading authorities on benzos. I was shocked to see her equivalency table for Klonopin and Xanax. 1 mg of Klonopin or Xanax is equel to 20 mg of Valium. That's right, 20!! Plus, Klonopin and Xanax have nasty side effects. That did it for me. No more benzos!! Because Valium has the longest half-life of any benzo and the least side effects, I'm using it and water-titration to get off Klonopin, a method widly used in Europe. 10% reduction every 10-14 days. So far so good.

I have experienced some of these side effects -
Headache, drowsiness in the morning. Hard time getting my Dr. to prescribe and go along with treatment program. Valium supposedly is far less addicting than some other benzos, with far fewer side effects. I hope that turns-out to be true.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Paul Harris