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Archive for April, 2016

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Note from Ned

April 11, 2016

Greetings, as spring approaches and threatens to land. Even though T. S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month, I take issue with that punctilious poet and say that months dole out cruelty with as little regard for the calendar as for cause. Cruelty seems to be part of every month. But then again, so does bounty, and even goodness.

The cruelty, goodness, absurdity, and humor of everyday, ordinary, nothing-special-happening-now life always intrigues me. Not the BIG ISSUES, but the little, petty, picky issues we (or at least I) encounter and get tangled up in every day.

Take today, for example. I was in a good mood. The sun was out, the streets were clean, as we my teeth (I’d just come from a cleaning at the dentist and was pleased I got a glowing report from the hygienist who usually reprimands me).

On my way to my office I stopped at a convenience store near where I work. I usually go there for coffee, rather than the big chain coffee joint next to it, to give my business to the little guy, as I love little guys (don’t we all?). I poured my medium gingerbread-flavored coffee, added whole milk to it (sorry, my vegan friends, I do do dairy), and went to pay for my beverage. The woman behind the counter rang me up and told me my total was $2.02. All I had on me was a five dollar bill and no change. This is where things took a turn for the, well, you decide.

When I gave the woman behind the counter my five-dollar bill, I asked her if I could owe the store the two cents, so she could give me back three dollar bills, rather than two dollar bills and fistful of change. Implacably, she said, no, she could not do that. I looked down at the basket of change next to the cash register and asked if I could take two pennies (there were many pennies in the basket) from there so she could give me the three dollar bills. She said no, the money in that basket was for tips. I asked her if I promised to replace the two cents in the basket on my next visit (as I said, I am, or was, a regular customer of this small convenience store, and I go in often), could I perhaps raid the tip bin for the two cents I needed. She said no, she could not offer me credit. I asked her if, based on this interaction between herself and me, I decided never to come into this store again, but rather give my business to the big chain store beside this little store, did she think it would still be a wise business decision to lose a regular customer rather than grant a two-cent line of credit. She said yes, she thought that was a good business decision. I asked her if she thought the owner of the store would agree, to which she replied, “I couldn’t tell you. I can’t read minds.”

In this scene, we see how small and petty I can be, the woman behind the counter can be, and how ridiculous life can be. We can also see how life drives me crazy. We can also see how I let it happen, maybe even cause it to happen.

Looking back, what should I have done? My wife would say that I was a fool to ask the woman behind the counter to make an exception, and that I was a double fool for pressing the point. I would tell my wife that as much as my rational mind agrees with her, the small, petty, argumentative Ned could not let it go so easily; that the small, petty, smart-aleck Ned just had to belabor the point, and try to bring the woman behind the counter to her senses, which, of course, she would no more do than part with her right arm, let alone two cents.

What’s the point of this note from Ned, as spring threatens to land and bring us tulips and daffodils galore? I guess that, as much as I always try to look for the tulips and daffodils in life, I am stuck with being human, and a pretty petty, pig-headed human at that.

Maybe that’s why I wrote a whole book about forgiveness. Because I need so much of it myself!

I wish you all tulips and daffodils, and as few arguments over two cents as you can manage to stay out of!

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Learning New Habits

Do you find yourself getting lost in the Sea of Distraction? Listen to Dr. Hallowell’s Mini Distraction Podcast #3 where Dr. Hallowell tackles listener questions about habits and distractions. Dr. Hallowell shares his tips on setting new habits and how distractions can be a positive.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Alpha-Stim: A New Technology for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

Now available at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury

The Alpha-Stim is a new technology designed for patients with anxiety, insomnia and/or depression who prefer a non-medication treatment approach, or for those whose medication regimen is insufficient for treating their symptoms. The Alpha-Stim is a small, hand held, FDA approved device that uses electromedical technology to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia in a safe and painless way. It provides long-lasting, cumulative relief without the risk of negative effects. Go to www.alpha-stim.com to read how Alpha-Stim works and the supporting research. Dr. Hallowell reports, “We are very pleased to discover Alpha Stim, a safe and effective approach for our patients; I highly recommend it — our results have been excellent.” Here’s what some of our Alpha Stim users say:

“After my first Alpha Stim experience I got the best night sleep ever. Staying asleep and waking up refreshed is a new experience for me.” Michael T.

“I tried meditation for years, and up until the Alpha Stim, I was never able to quiet my mind enough to get the benefit. Now I feel like I’m getting something from my meditation when I add Alpha Stim to my practice.” Brian P.

“I have tried several medications for my anxiety over the years with little relief and many side effects. The Alpha Stim works for me so much better without the side effects. I’m very pleased to have found this device, and recommend it to my friends.” Ben J.

“My 12 year old son had always fought medications and other more traditional relaxation approaches to curb the anxiety he experiences with his ADHD, but he thinks the Alpha Stim is cool. He uses it every morning before school to set the tone for the day. I use it a few hours before bedtime to help me quiet my mind. We love it!” Kathy O.

If you would like to experience the Alpha-Stim technology, contact The Hallowell Center (978) 287-0810 and set up a 30 minute appointment with Rebecca Shafir, Coordinator of the Alternative and Complementary Services at the Hallowell Center.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

What It’s Like to Have ADHD!

Dr. Hallowell invites you to learn what it’s like to have ADHD by listening to Episode #2 of his podcast series “DISTRACTION,” as he shares his personal journey with ADHD, his not-so-typical childhood and why he wanted to make this podcast.

Listen Now to Episode #2 as Dr. Hallowell recounts his darkest moments in life to the joys of having a family.

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