☝️ Upwarding #47: Adopting Elder Dogs, Positive Language Changes, Ayurvedic Eating Tip, Busy-ness
This picture is from Muttville.org, an organization that does adoption for senior dogs (aged 6 and older). I have adopted two dogs from them, a wonderful experience!
My main lesson: if you are over 60, do not buy a puppy whose breed has a long lifespan (especially Chihuahuas). A huge number of the dogs who end up here were puppies to once spry 65 year-olds who later got dementia (or died) before the dog. 65 feels young and fresh, but be careful taking on a long commitment at that age. The dogs will thank you!
More word replacements for a better life:
But > And
Have to > Get to
Should > Could
I am angry > I feel angry
I’m not (desire) > I’m not (desire) yet
I’m not (desire) > I am becoming (desire)
Our plan is this > Our plan is this, or better
Have you ever noticed how a strong salty meal makes you crave something strongly sweet? Ayurvedic medicine has identified six “tastes” to keep in balance, and recommends avoiding extreme flavors.
I find I can often be equally satisfied when I “dilute” the taste of something. Instead of a meal bar, I add pieces of the meal bar to plain oatmeal. Or add cauliflower rice to an egg dish. Or spinach to a salad. Or egg whites to eggs. I call them “neutral adders” and they move you down the extreme flavor scale without much sacrifice.
Worried about inflation? Here is just a partial list of “real” assets” that should go up if inflation does.
1) Businesses – can own via stock market, private equity, personal business
2) Real estate – buildings, land, farmland, nut trees, etc.
3) Commodities – including gold, commodity producers, oil and gas royalties, etc.
4) Bitcoin – in theory, this is limited in supply. Maybe not a “real” asset but theoretically should be protected against inflation.
5) Collectibles – art, baseball cards, etc.
6) Song royalties
Also consider: getting more debt, whose value is eroded in inflation.
“Beware the bareness of a busy life” – Socrates
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