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Midlife Wisdom for Men Newsletter Issue #012, June 15, 2004
June 15, 2004
Midlife Wisdom for Men - Helping Men Navigate Midlife Transitions.


Written by Noel McNaughton
(c) copyright 2004


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June 15, 2004 Issue #012

=========== TABLE OF CONTENTS ==========

∑ Was God Right About a Day of Rest?

∑ Some Things To Thank Your Father For

∑ Beware of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

∑ Have You Been Shot by a 'Sacred Bullet' Lately?

∑ Classifieds


Was God Right About a Day of Rest?

Remember when stores used to be closed on Sundays and Mondays? or Sundays and Wednesdays, as they were in my home town?

Even in cities, stores and businesses used to be closed on Sundays, and people generally relaxed. A year or so ago I drove through an American city (I don't remember where it was), where the stores were closed on Sunday. I was shocked! Haven't seen that in a Canadian city for a long time.

As you know, the Bible has God saying we should have a day of rest. A Sabbath. Most of us don't have that any more. Even if we don't work on Sundays, we are usually busy trying to catch up with family chores before we go back to work on Monday.

But maybe all that busy-ness is killing us.

I remember reading about a research study done in Israel back in the late 1980s (I tried to find it on the net, but couldn't). It compared a bunch of Orthodox (read practicing) Jews with a similar group of Jews who did not observe the Sabbath. All other conditions were pretty much the same (i.e. lifestyle, type of work, socio-economic class, etc.).

I don't remember the details of the study too clearly, but I do recall that the study found that the group that strictly observed the Sabbath had a lower rate of heart disease.

The physiological reason for this was that during our normal active lives, we are producing and/or ingesting lipids (various kinds of fatty acids, triglycerides and steroids that are essential for health, but need to be 'managed' by our bodies), which build up in the blood faster than our livers can burn them off. A day of rest gives our livers a chance to catch up. Without it, we suffer.

Maybe God was right. Maybe we should be resting for at least one day a week. Besides... it feels better!


Some Things to Thank Your Father For

With Father's Day coming up, here are some suggestions for what to express appreciation to your father for, if your father is still alive (thanks to

  • A childhood experience when your father came through for you. Eg. When he missed work to come to the big game; when he put in extra hours to pay for something you really wanted; when the neighborís dog scared you, and suddenly your father was beside you.
  • A life lesson your father taught you, by words or example. Eg. The time he modeled generosity for you by giving to someone who was down and out; when he taught you fiscal responsibility by not charging something he wanted but couldnít afford; when he controlled his anger toward someone who insulted him; the respectful, caring way he treated his own elderly parents.
  • Financial support and material presents. Grown children often criticize their fathers for having spent too much time working and not enough time with them. Even if youíre right that his priorities were wrong, even if you raise your own children very differently, this Fatherís Day, reflect on this: You enjoyed summer camp, you spent a lot of time during your teenage years talking on the phone, it was important to you to dress stylishly and your father paid for all that!
Isnít it time to thank him?


Beware of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

I was a television news reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation back in the late 70s when genetic engineering came on the scene. I have a couple of degrees in agriculture, and from what I was learning from the scientists I talked to, genetic engineering held a lot of promise. We could grow foods with higher protein content, create grains that would grow in saline soils, maybe even develop grain crops that could fix their own nitrogen.

Of course none of that promising technology was ever developed. The major corporations that took over the genetic engineering industry have spent most of their effort on developing crops that can withstand pesticides, or that have their own built-in pesticides.

But the scientists back then believed, as did all genetic engineers at the time, that taking a gene from one life form and putting it into another was a clean, simple process. What could go wrong?

Well... in a word, lots.

Over the years I talked to various biotech scientists who were becoming worried about whether the genetically-modified foods entering the food chain were safe. As the science developed, it was discovered the process of genetic engineering is anything but straightforward. Chunks of genetic material jump all over the place once they are inserted into plants, and there is no predicting where they will go, or what effect they will have. There has been almost no research on the safety of genetically-modified foods, and what little has been done has shown these foods can be cause a number of health problems ranging from allergies to food intolerances to cancer.

There is particular danger to babies and small children. (That includes our grandchildren.)

Both Canadian and US government agencies have taken the position (urged on by the biotech companies) that these new food crops are 'substantially equivalent' to existing crops, so do not need to be studied for food safety. And both governments are strong supporters of the industry, as I used to be.

A few years ago I became worried enough about the safety of these foods to make a serious effort not to eat any, or at least as few as possible (they are hard to avoid unless you buy organic food, as we do, as GMOs are in almost every kind of additive these days).

After reading The Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith my concern has been raised enough that I have decided to mention it in this newsletter.

I highly recommend this book.


Have You Been Shot by a 'Sacred Bullet' Lately?

I do 'Morning Pages' sometimes (as suggested in The Artist's Way by Julie Cameron), and occasionally when I am doing them I get into a meditative state and am 'given' some concepts that are novel to me. I just write whatever comes, and often find the information useful.

The following came to me a while ago, and I thought you might find it useful as well...

Sacred Bullets

Sometimes things happen that cause us to look at what we are doing with our lives. We could think of these things as "Sacred Bullets" that impale or puncture us so we will have a "Sacred Wound" to put our attention on, and wake us up from the distractions of daily life.

The Sacred Bullet may come in the form of a sickness, job loss, separation or divorce, or some other trauma such as an accident. Sacred Bullets are not harmful, but they do poke holes in our illusions.

Once we are hit by a Sacred Bullet, it is necessary to examine the wound, and search inside for what caused it. What are we missing, or not paying attention to, in our life? What busy-ness is distracting us from our Soul's purpose, or keeping us from waking up?

Sacred Bullets are gifts, but they can appear to be life-threatening.

We struggle through our days, pursuing earthly tasks such as making a living, (which must be done), while putting off the tasks of learning the true meaning of living in the world. Whenever we act from out hearts - helping a stranger in need, contributing to a good cause, lifting up a downcast person with words of encouragement, spreading love in the world through acts of kindness and compassion, we are teaching ourselves the secrets of life, even if we are unconscious about it.

If we consciously attempt to learn these secrets through 'right living' as well as prayer, meditation and surrender to God as we understand Him, our learning is faster. Paradoxically, as we grow spiritually we get shot with bigger 'Sacred Bullets', as we are able to handle bigger wounds, which will help us see our more subtle illusions about our lives.

When you experience pain, frustration, sorrow or other trials in your life, look inside for the message. Maybe it is a Sacred Bullet, bringing your attention to something.


Just For You: A Free Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning Report

If you are a new subscriber to this newsletter, you will recall I promised you a link to a secret page on the Midlife Men's site where you can download a free 27-page report on 'DIY Retirement planning' by George Slater.

Welcome to the newsletter, and for your free report, go to: DIY Retirement E-Report , click on the link, and follow the instructions.




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Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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