Are You Lost?

*Survival Tip

Why is it some of us seem to know instinctively where to go and others wander around without a clue? Some researchers believe the answer lies deep within the brain, embodied by an actual “sense” of direction that can be resurrected and trained.

For instance, in 1981, R. Robin Baker, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Manchester, England, reported that blindfolded subjects, when transported to a distant site, could indicate the direction home. Based on his studies, Baker theorized that humans possess a magnetic navigation system that works similarly to the way some birds and fish use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way during migration, a feat known as magnetoreception.

Although other biologists have been unable to duplicate Baker’s results, it’s undeniable that some people have extraordinary abilities to find their way.

In animals, much of the directional mechanism is inherited, but a lot of it is learned. We humans are likely born with this innate sense of direction, and then either develop it as we get older or lose it from lack of use.

To improve your sense of direction, you need to get out and test it from time to time. No matter how prone you are to get lost, you don’t have to go through life with a GPS in your hand. And what happens when the grid goes down? It will one day you know?

Strategies to help you find your way. It’s best to start out on your home turf.

Study the topography maps of your home town to get the lay of the land. Concentrate on imagining what the valleys, streams, and mountains will look like in relation to one another, and store these images in your memory.

Allow plenty of rest time before and during trips. Studies show the brain is more adept at receiving and storing spatial relationships when well rested.

Practice learning where north, south, east, and west are in relation to your surroundings.

Learn constellations, particularly the North Star, so you can locate true north no matter where you are. It won’t necessarily help you hone an internal sense of direction, but it may help you keep your bearings.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek!

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Don’t Get Lost Anymore

Human spatial memory is outstanding. In Ancient Greece, orators visualized their speeches as a mansion, placing topics in each room, then retrieving them while taking an imagined route through the building. Memory champions still do the same.

But navigation is a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ skill. Drivers in a simulator who follow satellite-navigation instructions find it more difficult to work out where they have been than those who use maps. Instructed drivers also fail to notice they have been led past the same point twice. Mountain-rescue teams are tired of searching for people with drained smartphone batteries, no sense of direction and no paper map.

As we get older, people’s spatial knowledge and their capabilities for route learning and recall seem to decline in some. Loss of spatial orientation is an early indicator of dementia as its been stated. Those who are affected are often moved to unfamiliar places such as care homes, which can exacerbate disorientation. The minimalist interiors of hospitals lack signposts: in a 2015 study, nearly half of junior doctors reported that they had gotten lost in hospitals on the way to a call in which a patient’s life was in danger.

The solution might lie in designing buildings that are easy to navigate — rather than in gadgets. Repeated and mirrored layouts cause confusion; cluttered corridors overload the mind. Placement of simple, memorable and unique landmarks such as pictures can help with orientation.

The human brain has everything a hill walker might put in a rucksack. Studies in rats have revealed three types of cells that enable navigation: place cells, which fire at certain locations; head-direction cells, which track the orientation of the head; and grid cells, which set up a coordinate system for assessing scale and distance.

Learning the layout of city streets has been shown to increase the size of part of a taxi driver’s hippocampus, and a similar effect has been observed in musicians. While improvising music, a free-jazz saxophonist ‘sees’ a landscape of notes to navigate.

Fresh locational cues can conflict with the maps in our brains. It is unsurprising that it takes time to reorient when we emerge from an underground station or that the voice of the in-car satellite-navigation system grates on us.

Our brains must decide whether to accept new information and rejig our internal maps or to reject it as being wrong. A simple, reliable cue — such as a north-facing arrow at the top of an escalator — can help to speed up reorientation.

Credit: Derek P.

*Thanks Derek for this tidbit advice.

Mt 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. “

Best of a Bad Situation

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They say ‘make the best of a bad situation.’ But I believe the bad situation makes the best of you. Even the irritations of life can be useful. President Abraham Lincoln showed us how this is so.

One of his cabinet appointees, Edwin Stanton, frequently found flaws with the president and criticized him – sometimes in public. Lincoln seemed to show excessive patience with him. The president was asked why he kept such a man in a high level position.

Lincoln characteristically responded with a story. He told about a time he was visiting with an old farmer. He noticed a big horsefly biting the flank of the farmer’s horse. Lincoln said he reached over to brush the fly away. As he did so, the farmer stopped him and cautioned, ‘Don’t do that, friend. That horsefly is the only thing keeping this old horse moving.’

Even life’s many irritations and problems have their place. They may cause us to change directions. Or prod us to greater achievement. Or keep us moving along when it’s easier to go nowhere.

Are you simply making the best of a bad situation, or will it make the best of you?

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The Walk

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You have to walk your own walk in this life. And as you are traveling down your road, don’t look down at your feet. Keep your head up and your eyes focused on what you know to be true.

Be neither a follower nor a leader of people. Acknowledge God on your journey. You are not forsaken; you are forgiven, and when shadows exist simply find higher ground to tread upon. If you come across an obstacle or an impasse, pay mind to it but don’t focus on it for too long or your feet may sink into the quicksand that surrounds it. Find the courage and use the faith God gave you to surmount it and continue on your journey.

Offer your hand to those you come across who are stuck in their own personal sand traps, if you know the way, point them in the direction you feel they must go, but ultimately it will be their decision.

Be honest, tell others that they are never alone, and they will eventually find their way. When you get to where you are going and you look back, it is your own footprints you see and glancing up seeing familiar faces who headed your words.

And finally, the importance of your trials and tribulations is a gift to be beholden, for that is how you will learn who you truly are; and how you handle them is how people will know you.

You are more than a conqueror; when you trust in the Lord. Amen, or oh me?

Facts on Failure

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Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure…
it means you haven’t succeeded yet

Failure doesn’t mean you have accomplished nothing…
it means you have learned something

Failure doesn’t mean you have been a fool…
it means you had a lot of faith

Failure doesn’t mean you have been disgraced…
it means you were willing to try

Failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it…
it means you have to do something in a different way

Failure doesn’t mean you are inferior…
it means you are not perfect

Failure doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your life…
it means you’ve got a reason to start afresh

Failure doesn’t mean you should give up…
it means you should try harder

Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it…
it means it will take a little longer

Keep the faith! Pray about it, and if you feel a peace about it, try again; if you don’t look in another direction believing God’s direction is with you.

Mark 11:22

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

MY SHIP , MY CAPTAIN (2017)

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*Dedicated to Mike P. and with optimistic hope for a good new year for those who are with, as we watch the Lord deal with those who are without. –Moraldiplomat

“My ship, traveling into the oceans called life,
It carries people; good, bad, beautiful, ugly, poor, rich, young and elder
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On our journey sometimes waves come up roaring,
With storms that batter recklessly.
But the walls of my ship are built firmly,
No matter how hard the situation, my Captain maneuvers wisely.

My entire load, I trust to Him to keep it safe.
With His expertise, I need not to worry.

Sometimes the water is calm and sunshine makes my ship glittery, and sometimes the air blows angrily, makes my ship quiver enormously.

Frightening thunder and horrible sharks ready to attack my load mercilessly, but my Captain I trust.

I can sleep well, peacefully.
Onto their destination, they can go victoriously,
Because of my Captain, I truly trust sincerely.

My mother’s favorite verses:

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. ”

Prov 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

Psalms 34:19

 

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”

Cherish Time

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Time, such a precious word.
It gives us the gift of moments.
Moments so beautiful that change our lives forever.
But those moments turn into memories that can never be recaptured.

We are left with footprints in are minds and in our hearts.
Longing to recapture time, hoping it will last forever.

To be left with the reality of the passing of time;
So precious and so fleeting.

We can’t bring it back or relive.
Only be grateful that it happened.
So cherish every moment, never taking anything for granted,
Because some day, that will be the moment you’ll want to relive.

Love with all your heart.
Let your loved ones know how much you care.
Smile even when you want to cry.
Walk with God …
Be a blessing to others,
Because you never know when time will pass with the wind.
Eph 5:16 “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Col 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. ”

Revelation 10:6 “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: ….

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ”

Rev 3:2 “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. ”

Mt 25:13 “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. ”