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“I’m grateful for all the generations.” ~ Doc Meek

Sunday, October 16, 2011. Today I am grateful for mothers and grandmothers, and children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, to the latest generation, eh? ~ Doc Meek

My dad, uncle Ed, and grandmother Pearce when he was a child.

Not My Actual Mom (if anyone with a photo of my Mom with a grandchild can show me how to put it in here, I’ll be forever grateful); image from:

AHA! My friend David has shown me how to add my actual mother (with grandchild) here. This photo was designed to illustrate a grandmother/grandchild in an ancient culture [New Testament? Old Testament?]:

Grandmother & Grandchild, posed as if from a previous society

Today I wrote a letter to my siblings, plus their spouses, children, grandchildren, etc.

Sunday, October 16, 2001 @ Sherwood Park, AB  T8A 2J4, CANADA

Dear Siblings, Spouses, Children, Grandchildren, etc.,

Mom is 93 years old now, as you know.

This is a good time to think about writing Mom a nice letter, perhaps expressing appreciation for creating you, plus other onerous duties in your behalf, and for your welfare, all along the way.

Whatever comes to your heart.

Humor and jokes are always great. Meek’s tend to excel at that. Mom has a good sense of humor.

I say a letter because she treasures them, and can read them again and again.

This is a critical feature when your short-term memory does not retain the contents of the letter for more than a few minutes.

However the good feelings engendered by such letters last for a long time.

The feelings? “They care about me.”

Visits and phone calls (soon forgotten) also help create good feelings, which remain:

“They care about me.”

Such feelings are very potent, as are the opposite feelings of course.

Mom’s Mom lived to be 98, so Mom has longevity in her intrinsic makeup.

However, in recent days, Mom is showing significantly reduced muscle strength and energy. In addition, it is less easy for her to maintain her balance when walking.

She continues her erratic sleep patterns.

All night long, it’s sleep-wake-read-sleep-wake-read-sleep (with her reading light still on).

I said to Mom, “Thank heaven you learned to read when you were a child. We are so lucky in our culture in that regard. What would you do now if you hadn’t learned to read?”

Also, in the daytime now, all day long, it’s sleep-wake-read-sleep-wake-read-sleep.

Mom says, “I don’t sleep a wink at night.” Sort of true. No solid refreshing sleep. And she awakes unrefreshed of course.

Mom says: “I don’t nap in the daytime, because it will ruin my sleep at night. I just lie down to rest because I am so tired all the time.”

Well . . . she dozes off in bed all day long. Good thing. She doesn’t get enough good sleep at night.

Really, it’s time to write a nice letter to Mom

As mentioned in my opening paragraphs above, this would be a good time to get out the pen and paper and write a nice letter and mail it (or better, drop it off, if that is feasible).

Mom doesn’t have the energy to sustain long visits anymore–unless a baby is part of the entourage of course. 😮

In the case of the baby, then she has good energy–“forever,” throughout all eternity. 😮

Loving Kindness, Collins

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)

Neurological Learning Specialist

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(1) Learning to run our own brain: Fear of failure

This is the first (1st) in a series of seven (7) articles on having fun learning how to manage our very own brain. – Doc Meek

Overcome Fear of Failure

Image above from Luciano Passuello:

If you missed the introduction to this series of seven (7) articles, just click on the title below:

(Intro) Learning to run our brain: 10 minutes daily

What are we talking about here?

In my intro above (posted Friday, June 25, 2010), I outlined seven (7) things we can learn about how to manage our own brain:

1) Fear of failure

2) The vital need for HOPE!

3) Qualifications for our external-to-the-home “brain coach”

4) Easy success with active learning brain training (filing cabinet brain) and remembering names

5) The eyes don’t see–the brain sees

6) Tasks of the “back 90%” of our brain, and the “front 10%”

7) Where do Moms come in?

How do I get started overcoming fear of failure?

Strangely (to some), the place to get started is to take a look at our fear of failure. Whether we are a student, a parent, or a teacher, the fear of failure can stop us before we even get started.

If we want to learn to run our own brain better, we need to take time to look at, and feel, our fears about undertaking such a project. Some say that looking at our fears first and feeling them only strengthens them. We will find it to be the opposite of that, I think. If we avoid looking at our fears, they will trip us up later and we will then indeed fail–the very thing we were trying to avoid, right?

Fears are actually our friends, if we choose to feel/see them that way.

Fears are my friends!?


They alert us, in advance, what to watch out for as we go along, a kind of distant early warning signal that prepares us for “the worst” as we forge ahead, hoping for the best.

Isn’t that contradictory?

Seems that way, doesn’t it?

In reality, direct awareness of our very real fears allows us to plan ahead more carefully and to ride out our relapses and our failures with a degree of equanimity and resilience not otherwise available to us.

Isn’t that what our friends are for? 😮

To our friends!

Doc Meek, Sat, June 26, 2010, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA (updated Oct 20, 2012)

P.S. Some extra reading–and some viewing–on how to overcome fear of failure:

(1) Article (Comprehensive):

If you want to read a comprehensive article on how to “Overcome Fear of Failure,” by Luciano Passuello, a Brazilian who lives in Curitiba, Brazil, and whose passion is the mind, just click on the title below:

Overcome Fear of Failure, Part I — Building the Right Mindset

Luciano PassuelloHi, I’m Luciano Passuello. I am a 35-year-old Brazilian, currently living in Curitiba.

It was not long ago when I realized that my deep fascination for the mind is my greatest underlying passion which, in many ways, intersects with several other interests of mine.

This website is my journey exploring that underlying passion.

To get in touch with me, please use this contact page.

Image/text above from:

(2) Video (2 minutes):

If you want to watch a short video on overcoming failure by Brian Tracy, a Canadian who lives in San Diego, California, USA, click on the Brian Tracy photo below.

brian tracy fear of failure
2 min – 1 Oct 2006
Uploaded by funny1968

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For optimum brain health, ensure your heart health:  

More on heart health:

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