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IDEAL: Few things are more spectacular to see than someone performing at their best. And, it can be anything, not just sports.
I was watching a New York City window washer cleaning a window suspended outside the building on a movable platform he was secured so that would prevent him falling dozens of floors if the platform failed.
What was most impressive was the way he used his squeegee. In one single pass he could perfectly clean a window from top to bottom making gentle swipes side to side keeping the water mixed with the cleaner moving across the glass pane so at the bottom of the pane with one swipe of a towel the water was removed and the beautifully cleaned glass remained behind. It was the equivalent of watching talented artist painting an extraordinary painting without making a mistake.
It seemed the speed of how fast the squeegee moved across the glass was the key to the one-pass flawless cleaning.
He wasn’t racing to get the cleaning done in least time but intentionally maintaining a brisk pace that carried the water to the bottom of the glass before it dried on the pane but not so fast the water failed to loosen the dirt and grit on the glass.
The pace of his partner’s squeegee on his right seemed too fast as the water at the bottom flowed over the panes edge.
And, conversely, his partner on his left squeegee pace seemed too slow as the water seemed to dry on the glass leaving water marks and it didn’t glide on the glass like his squeegee did.
That speed sweet spot looked to be about 90% full speed.
I watched him do this again on another glass pane.
Same as before – smooth, controlled, brisk pace with clean swipe at the bottom to remove the dirty water.
Another observation was that he seemed in flow and enjoying himself while his too fast partner seemed stressed to the hilt to finish and his too slow partner seemed frustrated at the water spots and lack of progress.
To perform well at anything requires ideal pacing. If we’re too fast or slow getting to the finish line both end in less than optimal performance and disappointment.
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.
The simplest way to reduce toxins in your body is to avoid them. Despite today’s crazy world that has toxins everywhere, there are steps you can take that will reduce your toxin intake. This gives your body a chance to get rid of the “backlog” and catch up.
Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has been used for centuries as a natural herbal remedy for those who fall ill.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest,” and it has been noted as early as the 5th century BC as a medicinal tonic – forever cementing it as a staple in human nutrition.
But, it wasn’t until recently that we understood WHY it is so helpful to the body. And with this understanding came advanced methods of harnessing the incredible power of this medicinal plant.