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Why do you think ballplayers yell and scream when they win a championship? Tiger Woods pumps his fist, Lance Armstrong raises his arms in his yellow jersey, Terrell Owens does a dance in the end zone, and LeBron James slaps the backboard and hollas after a nasty dunk. Even Donald Trump gets excited when he closes a big deal. Passion is fun. When I talk about passion I think of L.A. Reid, CEO of Arista Records, one of the most powerful men in the music industry. L.A. Reid admits to being an overachiever. I read where he said, "I want to do more, more, and more. Better, better, and better. I'm passionate about working with so many creative people, whether it is my artists or producers or executives. I really enjoy having huge challenges and figuring out ways to accomplish it all without ever sacrificing the quality of what we do." I like getting excited about what I do every day. It is fun to be excited, to say, "Let's do this. Let's do this life thing. Let's do this happiness thing!" It's cool, fine, and fun to be crazy passionate. You know, Beyonce and Jay-Z had that song "Crazy in Love." There's nothing wrong with being crazy in love with your life. Remember, you are not doing this alone. I am proud to be your older brother dedicated to helping you, Young Brotha, find your passion. Chaos theory can help us understand the dilemma better. A branch of mathematics examining complex systems sensitive to small changes in initial conditions, chaos theory has been referred to as the "butterfly effect," a metaphor that lets us imagine the minor air disruption of a butterfly's wings culminating in tornado formation weeks later.

Slight alterations at an earlier juncture can end up yielding widely different results farther down the line in a person's life. I first learned of chaos theory from actor Jeff Goldblum in the 1993 film Jurassic Park. While seductively placing droplets of water on costar Laura Dern's hand to show how minor alterations in initial conditions would affect which way the drop would roll, Goldblum explained that the theory "deals with unpredictability in complex systems." The human brain is a complex system. Life is a complex system. About those "minor alterations" in initial conditions: Subtle changes in where the droplet was placed or how Laura held her hand or even the way the breeze was blowing could cause the droplet to go in a different direction. Such is the case with life as well. What if Lesley never picked up a sword? What if Chuck and his family had chosen a different bar? What if Jill hadn't gotten that call? What if the person who decided to quote Joan Baez in the school paper picked Judas Priest lyrics instead? How would all our lives have turned out? Such questions are difficult to answer because behavior change is not always a rational, linear process. Sometimes it's a quantum leap. As I look at the boulder once again, this time I simply see a rock--a rock in its natural state. Yes, a rock that as an adventurous little girl I used as a spaceship to explore the galaxy, a horse to gallop through the prairie, a stage to sing my best hits from--but merely a rock nonetheless. A comforting feeling comes over me. My adult mind realizes with crystal clarity that as a child, my mind was truly free. My mind at that time was not frantically looking for solutions, and there was no pollution to clutter my thoughts. I was free to explore real possibilities, to be creative and sculpt my world. Standing here gazing up at the blue sky, the hair stands up on my arms.

Oh yes the ability to create, to sculpt our world, is an essential component, a necessary building block in a solid, beautiful foundation. Older people need about 20 per cent more protein than younger adults. Extra protein stimulates protein synthesis and works to offset the usual muscle loss (known as sarcopenia) that happens with age. In practice, it's best to spread protein intake over the day and not eat it all at dinner. Try to have 25 to 30 grams of protein at two to three meals a day, ideally from nutrient-rich choices such as fresh meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese or yoghurt, legumes or tofu. These provide other key nutrients required for good health such as iron, zinc, omega-3 and B vitamins. There is no need for protein powders or bars. Blueberries and strawberries in particular have been shown to protect from memory loss. Plus berries are rich in vitamin C, folate and anthocyanins - all good for older bodies. Aim for two or more servings a week. Oily fish such as tuna or salmon gives you omega-3 fatty acids to strengthen the brain, preserve eyesight and maintain blood flow, plus a good dose of vitamin D. Aim for two servings a week. Be generous with spices such as turmeric, which is now a well-researched anti-inflammatory that can lower whole-body, low-grade inflammation (via a mode similar to that of aspirin). This inflammation is thought to play a role in damaging brain cells and damaging the heart. Studies on turmeric originally focused on its anti-inflammatory benefits and its ability to inhibit cancer growth. Now studies are looking at its potential for improving cognitive function. And don't forget saffron, cinnamon and many similar spices, plus those woody herbs like rosemary and sage, all of which have been shown to be beneficial to our health. Indigestion and heartburn is a weekly occurrence for about one in five of us. It's that burning, painful, uncomfortable feeling we get at the top of the abdomen after eating. Its technical name is acid reflux or GORD (Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease), which is a more scientific way to describe it.

Symptoms of heartburn include burning pain, irritation, nausea, coughing (or just clearing the throat, especially after eating), wheezing, asthma symptoms and eroded tooth enamel. Unfortunately, heartburn also increases your chances of oesophageal cancer. People who are overweight or older tend to be affected more since abdominal fat interferes with oesophageal function. Plus, the oesophageal sphincter, which prevents the backup of acid, weakens with age. And heartburn tends to run in families. Activities such as writing, painting, music and dancing can give you an opportunity to express yourself without necessarily focusing on always having to find the words to talk about things with other people. A creative release may help you express any low feelings in a manner that is safe and wholly unique to you. You might even discover a talent for creative expression! How does this help your self-worth? Creative expression can allow you to share your feelings in varying fashions, and the personal achievement in expression can be self-validating. Life is made up of small things. You made someone smile? That's a win. You made yourself a perfect cup of coffee? That's a win too. The big things can be like wrecking balls, but the little things see us from when we wake in the morning to when we turn out the lights at night. If you can smile at the little things, it can make the big things easier to tackle. How does this help your self-worth? Enjoyment in the little things are a micro-expression of self-acceptance. Put them all together and they can lead to personal satisfaction.

Is it your purpose in life to work all day and watch television until bedtime? Your life might have to look like that for right now (after all, you might have bills, children and mortgages, etc.), but does it have to look like that forever? Remember: Passion + Effort = Purpose. If there's something you really want out of life, then find a way to make your goal a reality. Purpose can relieve the bad taste left by things that feel like a chore. How does this help your self-worth? I talked about purpose in article 7. It's everything when it allows you to feel that your life means something of worth. Sometimes it feels really good to help other people. Building self-worth may seem so focused on what's going on within that getting out of your own world might be a relief. Consider doing something for someone else. It could be as simple as making someone a cup of tea or volunteering at your local animal shelter. Also, in helping others you show them that they matter too. How does this help your self-worth? It's a self-validating experience. You are useful and worthy to someone else, which makes you useful and worthy as a person. The meeting drags on too long. There are side conversations. People are tapping e-mails on their BlackBerries while someone is talking. The discourtesies abound.