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Our winters in the Midwest and Northeast can be brutal, especially last year and this year. All we can think about is Spring Break or warmer weather with sunshine. Thanks to WEBMD.com- I found a definition for cabin fever. Did you ever feel like the following?
If you’ve been feeling irritable, unmotivated, and lethargic lately, you may be able to blame it on cabin fever — and the bone-chilling days and long, dreary nights of winter.
Like Rodney Dangerfield, cabin fever (or the winter blues or winter malaise) is a condition that doesn’t get much respect, or much formal attention, from some healthcare professionals.
With Cabin Fever may come winter depression and its symptoms — inactivity, crankiness, sleep loss, and simply feeling down in the dumps.
How many of you have done the “look for the perfect vacation dance?” You talk with your significant other or a good friend and say, “Let’s get away to somewhere warm and inviting. How about the Carribean, taking a cruise, romantic villa on the water, etc.?”
Then you put all the numbers and arrangements together and realize that the whole world is doing the same thing. Number one time to travel outside of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Prices for flights and hotels are double if not more. 😦 Deals are probably the normal price. Also besides the prices being high flights may be unavailable. You say to your loved one- maybe we should plan for it next year due to budget constraints. Bummer!
Words of Advice-
*Try to Plan Ahead
*If you can swing it economically, go!!
*Don’t go for the most exclusive, look for warmth and sun that is above 55 degrees.
*If you can’t go for 7 days, what’s wrong for 3 to 5 days.
*If possible, don’t wait for spring break, take a couple vacation days.
*You deserve a break away to relieve the symptoms of CABIN FEVER
*Your colleagues, family and friends will benefit from your time away.
*Don’t wait until you are 65 to make plans to travel.
This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years.
In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.
Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.
Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.
The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk.
“We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.”
Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.
In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.
As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.
It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.
He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.
For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.
Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.
Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.
When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.
Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,
“Richness, can you take me with you?”
Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”
Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. “Vanity, please help me!”
“I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.”
“Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”
Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.
Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder,
Love asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who Helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.
“Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?”
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”
Super Bowl Sunday! Whooooo! Are you a fan that watches the game in entirety or are you one of those fans that watch the commercials, half time show and enjoy all the appetizers? The game is definitely more fun to watch when your favorite team is playing, but if it isn’t, you create your own fun. I think it has become more popular as the years go by and media builds up the day. It’s a great excuse to get together with friends. Did you ever notice that the Hype is right up with Valentine’s Day decorations? Now you can buy treats that are SUPER SIZED!
I know what type of fan I am and it’s not the football kind, but I do celebrate with the best of them. I will look forward in partaking in all of the hoopla and festivities.
May the best team win.
P.S. Enjoy the munchies, be sure and watch the cute children or pet commercials including the Budweiser horses, and dance with Katy Perry.