Sunday, 24 April 2016

'Get rid of your brain fuzz & A World First'

Initially I received a phone call from a colleague to go out to Aramoana to pay tribute on Anzac day.  What better way to remember those who dedicated their lives for such atrocities and a horrible war, than to go out to this special place, and remember those who have fallen and hope for the present wars that are occurring in the world to cease.

It was a howling southerly, and I was excited at the prospect of cycling out!  Jo wasn't that excited, however when we got out she loved it.
 Andy Thompson Photography NZ
 We stopped in the windiest section to catch the above image.  Jo battled to hold the bike still - tricky with a tandem.  The ride out was a breeze with mainly tailwind with some wild cross winds.  As we biked down the mole I realised this could be the first sunrise tandem ride that has ever occurred on the mole.  Ah yes a 'world record' I say - I will calm that until proven otherwise.
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At the mole we lazed out of the wind to enjoy breakfast and hot chocolates.  Jo makes the best hot chocolates and if you see her ask for one - super yum!  Unknown to us was a seal not far.  Their hard to sometimes spot and we only introduced ourselves as we left for home.

Once again the effort was worth it.  What we have discovered is a great way to 'start the day' and get rid of any brain fuzz for the day.  Some research says that technology ie screens, ie your computer and phones are a culprit to reducing your creativity and give you brain fuzz for the day.  We were certainly experiencing that.  So our recipe to start the day well, is to:

1. Do not look at the phone or computer first thing.
2. Do something that connects you to your body - activity ie swimming, cycling, walk the dogs, yoga, breathing with feet on the floor etc.
3. Do something creative - mine is photography, Jo is drawing.
4. Make a 'to do' list for the day
 Andy Thompson Photography NZ

Then you may look at screens and phones.  So far it has helped our study and we are having far more productive days.  This sequence could be a short 15 minutes of longer.

Try it!  It is certainly a great way to reduce the brain fuzz and appreciate what is around you and loved ones.

And yes remembering those who have fought in many wars, including my Dad.  I miss Dad every day (and Mum), and there is not one day that goes by I don't think of them, nor my children and others.  Remembering should not be about re opening scars, but should be for healing and moving forward for a better place.  Can we do that.  My Dad got up for ANZAC day every time and would march in honour and it was a very different generation then.  I miss Dad every day!  And when you loose your parents there are so many conversations you wish you could have had.

Andy Thompson

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