How to Make Life Agreeable

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It was a scorching afternoon and both of us had given up on doing any serious work for the rest of the day. We’d surveyed most of a disused section of railroad tracks past the suburbs, when across the field I saw Mark pause, look at his watch, and begin packing up the equipment.

“F this. Time for Slurpees,” he announced over the radio. “We’ll finish up Monday.”

We loaded the trunk and jumped into his tiny, sweltering Honda. Already beading up with sweat, I grew impatient as he took his time fiddling with his CDs before starting the car. I needed A/C, or at least power windows. Fast.

He noticed my sense of urgency, and smiled at me as he slowly, mockingly, brought the keys up to the ignition.

Finally he started it. “Let’s see who’s the tougher man,” he said ominously, tapping off the A/C button, and cranking the heater. “First one to open the door buys the Slurpees.”

Friday-giddy and possibly already delirious, it sounded like a fun idea to me.

The car was already at sauna temperature, the sun was cooking our bluejeaned legs through the windshield, and there was hot air blowing in our faces.

Now that I was playing this game on purpose, I knew I would beat him. A few years earlier when I worked as a hotel housekeeper at a ski resort, I had learned a powerful life skill which would come in very handy here.

Sink Lessons

Housekeepers clean up after people who take their messes for granted. I cleaned luxury suites with complete kitchens and dining rooms. The clientele was high-end and high-maintenance, with strong evidence of entitlement issues. Quite often an affluent family of five or six would leave all of their breakfast dishes sitting on the table — and quite often most of their breakfast — as if they’d fled the suite mid-meal to escape a gas leak or something.

When I started the job, few things were more disgusting to me than the remains on somebody else’s plate. I held back my own breakfast as I gathered sticky plates glowing with egg yolk, smeared with drying baked beans. Looking away, I scraped it all off, cringing as I heard the rejected food slop into the bin, not unlike so much vomit.

My queasiness was moral as much as physical, as I pictured richie-rich kids being told by their turtlenecked lawyer-dad to go suit up for the slopes and forget their plates, because the maids would take care of it.

Much worse, though, was when they rinsed the food off directly into the sink, apparently unaccustomed to sinks without built-in garbage disposals. By the time we arrived on the scene, there would be bloated toast crusts, noodles, and egg whites slithering around in the drain well.

I couldn’t stomach it. Even with dish gloves, the thought of reaching into the soggy pile of organic matter to scoop it out with my fingers was enough to make me gag.

The members of our housekeeping teams rotated between cleaning different parts of the suite: kitchen, bedrooms, living room, bathrooms. I volunteered to be a bathroom specialist (regarded as the least desirable room to clean) so I could avoid ever having to confront the horrendous aftermath of a failed garburator session.

Of course, eventually I ended up on a squad with somebody else who had the same aversion, and I had to put in my time on kitchen detail. To my horror, most sinks had some pale, bloated food in them, usually too much to stab down into the little holes with a fork handle. This was a problem that wasn’t going away, and I had to approach it differently or spend the whole ski season dreading this awfulest part of my awful job.

Most of my equally squeamish co-workers employed the classic grit-your-teeth, roll-up-your-sleeves approach. It usually involved holding your breath and averting your eyes as you scoop out the food-slime and hurriedly direct it toward the garbage bin, bracing yourself throughout, as if you’re jumping into icy water.

It’s the same strategy a wide-eyed Fear Factor contestant uses as he chomps frantically on the June bug in his mouth — he doesn’t want to confront it, he wants to escape it.

That method didn’t work for me, it just made me more aware of how awful it was. As soon as I tackled one sink, I began dreading the next room.

I don’t remember when it clicked, but after not too many kitchens, I learned the secret:

Let it feel like whatever it feels like.

Just do it and let it have its way with you. Turn toward it, not away.

Whenever I came to a gunked-up drain, I just scooped it out without rushing. I reached into the drain with no more reluctance than I would have reaching into a cookie jar. I looked at the mess with a stoic curiosity, allowing the swollen noodles and bread-mush to rest freely in my fingers for the two or three unhurried seconds it took to transfer them to the garbage can.

As long as I wasn’t rushing or trying not to touch it, it was painless. It wasn’t worth trying to escape.

I’ve already written about my naked bathroom epiphany from a few years before that, in which I learned that it was resentment — as opposed to the thing I resented — that caused suffering, but I hadn’t yet found a practical technique for bringing that philosophy to bear on everyday moments.

This was it. A mantra that always works. Let it feel like whatever it feels like.

It has so many applications. Every single day presents dozens of opportunities for that mantra to transform the quality of moments that would otherwise be awful or uncomfortable.

  • When the room is too hot or too cold
  • When you’re carrying something awkwardly and you can’t wait to put it down
  • When you’re exercising
  • When your underwear tag is scratchy but you don’t have a chance to tear it off quite yet
  • When there’s caraway seeds in the bread, and you hate caraway

Any time there is a physical sensation you feel like you want to escape, that is the perfect time to practice doing the opposite. Feel it fully, with a calm, stoic curiosity. Don’t hide from it.

To “let it feel like whatever it feels like” sounds kind of meaningless. It already feels like whatever it feels like, doesn’t it?

Technically yes, but by default we don’t give the moment permission to be itself — to do what it wants to us. We deny it. So what we actually experience is the acute stress of attempting to escape something, rather than the physical reality of the thing we’re trying to escape. This stress, that “I hate this, get me outta here” feeling, is almost always the worst part.

Of course, we don’t have the authority to deny the caraway seed its acrid taste, the air its stifling heat, or the wind its obnoxious will to mess up your hair, but we still try. Once something is already happening, giving these sensations permission to feel like what they feel like is actually liberating yourself from their worst effects.

Disagreement by Default

Normally we automatically enter a state of disagreement with any unpreferable aspects of the moment that arise, and this gives it power over us. This is reaction.

Most of our reactions are to phenomena that are so mild that we’re much better off voluntarily taking on the full brunt of their unpleasantness than to put ourselves through the stress of escape mode.

But to do this, you have to recognize the “escape mode” habit as it arises and know what you’re going to do instead of going along with it.

Luckily there are opportunities to practice everywhere. Next time you feel too hot, instead of turning on the A/C or fanning yourself, see if you can just look right at the feeling of being that warm for a few minutes. Dive into it. Observe the feeling of a flushed face, of beads of sweat forming. Sit in it and let it feel like whatever it feels like.

When you are actually doing this successfully, you’ll recognize the incredible potential in nonreaction. With a bit of practice, you can put up with almost anything of a physical nature that you might run into on a regular day. Once you’re used to letting physical feelings come over you freely, then you can extend the same technique to deal with more abstract things: emotions and situations.

You’ll notice much less aversion in your life — to harsh weather, to difficult chores, to inclement conditions of any kind.

You won’t need to fear contingencies, because you know that whatever arises, you’ll just let it feel like whatever it feels like, without the dreadful emotional strain of needing to escape.

You’ll feel much less of a need to control outcomes, which — in a brilliant instance of irony — frees your capacity to control your response, and create an outcome you like. If there is some action you want to take, you can take it with grace and cool-headedness instead of frustration and desperation.

I’ve mentioned many times that evolution has left us with minds that create a state of constant disagreement with our surroundings, to keep us on our toes, to keep us making adjustments. It keeps us alive, but at the expense of our ability to enjoy life.

We can turn the tables on our trouble-making minds by embracing adverse feelings and sensations, taking them on board as if we had chosen them. Only then do circumstances lose their power over us. Compulsions become mere preferences.

I cannot overstate the usefulness of this skill. Life becomes so much more agreeable when you stop disagreeing with it.

Soaking it In

The temperature continued to rise. Sweat ran down the backs of my calves inside my jeans. I could feel my face redden. I let it.

Mark began to squirm. He took a few deep breaths and tried to fan himself with his hand.

I reclined my seat and put my hands behind my head, soaking in the heat as if I was unwinding on a Mexican beach. I was pouring sweat, but in no rush to go anywhere. I could tell that my relaxed face was bothering my opponent.

As the heat reached ludicrous levels, we laughed at each other again. Mark hit the A/C and rolled down the windows, and we both sighed aloud as the breeze washed over us.

“You win, you psycho.”

R

Photo by Paul Otavio



Hilary August 9, 2010 at 2:05 am

Hi David .. I have to say I didn’t intend to read this .. but got totally drawn in by your description .. and face the yuck .. so much easier – get’s it out of the way more quickly ..

Good post – and the ending .. well I would have been the sucker – refusing to shut the door til the aircon was on!

Lovely writing .. but can’t say I want the job, nor wanted ‘similar’ ones I had over the years …

Have a good week – Hilary

David August 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Glad I could suck you in ;)

Mark February 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Sucked me in too. Great post!

Yu August 9, 2010 at 5:33 am

I guess the secret to most things is just to let be. We often try too hard to craft the situation into something that is pleasurable to us when we could just simply face it and be friends.
I’m familiar with this through exercise, because I move around a lot. A runner’s high is basically the ultimate incarnation of this. You let the feeling stick until your brain starts to produce endorphins, a natural narcotic.

David August 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Exercise is one of the most valuable places to apply the “let it feel like whatever it feels like” technique. I used to fear picking up the weights for another set. I’d have to grit my teeth and force it. Now I can pick up the kettlebell with a sense of openness, rather than reluctance.

Lisis August 9, 2010 at 6:55 am

I love it! I noticed recently that one of the reasons I’ve always “hated” the cold is because I never truly FELT the heat. Every other place I lived had air conditioning… climate control, which prevented me from really experiencing what summer was like.

Here, on the other hand, most of us don’t have AC… we FEEL every bit of the summer and, as a consequence, truly look forward to the relief Nature will soon provide. I think turning towards it, and fully embracing it, rather than wishing it were otherwise is a great life strategy.

As an aside, your description of kitchen duty reminded me of this quote by Robert Fulghum:

“One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother when I was thirteen was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands – bare hands – and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage. To top that, I saw her reach into the wet garbage bag and fish around in there looking for a lost teaspoon. Bare hands – a kind of mad courage.”

David August 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Ah, that’s a perfect quote. Where do you find this stuff? ;)

Lisis August 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

It’s all filed away in my otherwise-useless brain as a result of decades of being the quintessential bookworm. :)

Twan August 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

Seems like pretty good advice. It relates to “fight or flight”. The decision itself. Your suggesting if I read correctly to assume that your already in the “fight” and to recognize it for what it is and focus on that till the task is completed. That way the chance for “flight” is never contemplated. The task is immanant and there is no escaping it. It is what it is (crap; I hate that saying).

David August 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I wouldn’t really describe it as a fight. The idea is to turn what would normally be a struggle into a willing, calm and collected action.

Fight or flight is a heightened reactive state that causes acute stress and mindless action. I’m trying to describe a way to take on an unpleasant task without any reluctance or aversion (and the much more unpleasant feelings that come with them.)

Joy August 9, 2010 at 9:12 am

David,
I *love* this one!!! Thank you:)
What you physically describe greatly applies to facing fear head on on any level..”let it feel like what it feels like”..Turn off your mind with all of it’s aversion and preconceived notions and let your senses lead. Today you wrote about the key to life..don’t be afraid or try to avoid or mask it..just *feel it*…You so rock with this one–I’m smiling ear to ear because you get it and because you share you allow your readers to get it too…

Daniel August 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

Another great post David. I often like taking cold showers as a mental test of this truth known to myself. The cold water and the shudder of discomfort and pain is just another sensation. We don’t have to run from it, we just have to feel it.

Often people are unwilling to try things because they’ve made negative associations. “I don’t want to try those carrots, I hate vegetables.” When carrots might be the best tasting things ever. We’ve made everything negative and refuse to accept life because we have gone into this flight too often. I think this post is a great article on how to accept everything life has to offer, even those things that scare and pain us.

Soon we’ll be able to change those things that are OK into great and so on. Our lives can be content and productive, we just have to condition our minds for greatness and acceptance. Thanks for helping us do that.

David August 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

The courageous cold shower is an awesome way to practice this. Who can do it without cringing, without shivering? It takes a skilled mind.

Terri Lynn February 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Now that’s a worthy practice. Thank you for the challenge.

Brenda (betaphi) August 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I loved this post. Daniel summed it up nicely: accept everything life has to offer, even those things that scare and pain you. Have you seen Canadian Mike Rowe’s TED talk about dirty jobs? It’s one of my all-time favorites. I’ll put the link here for anyone who might be interested. Thank you, David, for another great one.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/mike_rowe_celebrates_dirty_jobs.html

David August 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Mike Rowe is a great example of this technique at work. He doesn’t fret about it, he just sticks his hands or feet wherever they have to go.

Lisis August 11, 2010 at 8:01 am

Great video! Thanks, Brenda!! :)

Drew Tkac August 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

As I write this it is 97 degrees out with a heat index of 105. It 2:00 pm and the temperature is still going up and will probably max out around 3:00 pm. The forecast is to be like this for the next week. I am so happy!

As a kid growing up in Pennsylvania I would love the summers. It meant freedom, no schedules, exploration and most of all it meant being out side. I dreaded the fall, winter and spring. It would be cold, rainy, snowy, but worst of all it meant being stuck in school for long periods of time.

I have a few physical problems that are exacerbated by the hot humid summers here in the south. My eczema flairs up and I have asthma that is made worse by the heat. I do not use air conditioning in the car, and my office widows are always open. Despite these problems, be them minor, the heat and the sweat reminds me of the freedom of the summer as a child. It remains the happiest time of the year for me.

It seems that our minds can create joy even from painful feelings. I will differ the remainder of this discussion to an expert in sadomasochism.

Erin S. August 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I really liked the story. We do spend life making too big a deal about some things, and not enough of others. I admit to spending time in escape mode in the past.

Ken August 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Long time fan, first time responder:

I like this post, a lot. I think the discomfort that we feel from events both physical and emotional stems from a desire, or rather a belief, that we should be in control at all times. This desire to be in control of situations and circumstances is natural, sure, but brings about the exact opposite effect than the one we intend.

It is interesting that you mentioned the wealthy families having a sense of entitlement because I believe we all have a sense of entitlement to some degree. Now maybe it’s not in the same way as these upper class families leaving their food all over the place, but we all naturally feel entitled in some fashion.

What I mean by this is that when things are not as we would like (say we get caught in a thunderstorm in our Sunday best) we tend to react in a manner not unlike outrage. Our inner monologue starts saying “how dare it start raining when I’m wearing nice clothes etc…” and I feel that it is this reaction that causes much of our daily stress and anger.

I guess in the end this harks back to the idea of awareness. Live in the moment right?

David August 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Hi Ken.

You’re right on about the sense of entitlement. At the time I was much more aware of it in others than in myself, but I think we all have it, in exactly the ways you say. We tend to expect the moment to make us comfortable, to be agreeable, and we act like we’re being betrayed when it isn’t. Yet, we’re the ones being disagreeable.

Awareness is what it’s all about. When we’re reacting, we lose awareness. It takes intention to remain aware while we’re doing things that tickle our fight or flight response, but it’s not really difficult, and the rewards are incredible.

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) August 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Great post on acceptance~

Recently had a friend walk away from the friendship; others encouraged me to avoid thinking about the hurt and betrayal of her ways~ methought similarly to your “just feel it”. Instead of turning away I took time out and went with the sorrow and grieved the friendship, passed through the choppy sea over a couple of days.

Feeling much better now and sociable again, which the guy I’m dating is grateful for ~:-)

James M. Convey August 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

This piece holds a very adequate comparison to the emotional aspects of the philosophy that defines the “Hero/coward” dynamic in human psyche studies. In that the emotion that is experienced is the same for both, but the choice of action becomes the defining equation, and therefore the strengthening or weakening of the human self belief system. It is all about the “walls” we face as we progress and evolve as humans, both individually and societally.
(Thank you Vinny for introducing me to this site.)

Matthew August 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Great article, and I totally agree with your way of thought. Inspiring to use it in many applications even, but I’m wondering, at what point do you act to change what your facing? Mabye I’m just being naive in my understanding of your post but I wonder when is enough, enough? I guess in your stories case, when do you go to the hotel managers and get them to install those garbage disposals, or at least complain (I guess this is more hypothetical, but still I wonder…)

Anyways nonetheless, great article! Inspiring and provokes thought, my favorite type of article :)

David August 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Good question. You can act to change what you’re facing whenever you want, but the actions you take are bound to be much more sensible than if you’re just reacting out of conditioning. It’s not about tolerance, it’s about acceptance. You can accept something and change it at the same time. Human beings tend to be in the habit of rejecting emotionally just about anything they wish to change. I’ve found I’m more effective when I’m not agitated. I’m smarter and more creative, and more curious, because I’m not straining for any particular outcome.

Michele August 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

Great stuff! This works so well for me and I do this for pain as well. I relax into the pain, mentally telling myself that instead of tensing to fight the pain at the location, relax and let it wash over me, effectively spreading the pain over my entire body and thus lessening the level of pain or so it seems.
I call it “going with the flow”, which amuses my family – similar to “I dont mind what happens” – it makes me stronger and life so much easier to handle.

David August 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm

That’s it, relax into the pain.

My Buddhism teacher at Hollyhock told me a story about when he was working as a therapist for terminal patients in a hospital. There was an old man with painful chronic symptoms, and nothing seemed to be working for him. He told him to turn towards the pain, rather than away. The patient said “Young man, in all the time I’ve been here, that is the only thing anyone has ever told me that has helped.”

Eric | Eden Journal August 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm

This is an interesting idea, to embrace that which is disagreeable and in experiencing it we accept it. In a way, I’ve been doing that this year. For some reason, the intense Florida heat hasn’t bothered me as much this year as it has in the past. And it’s hotter than ever this year. I think I’ve finally accepted the heat and I enjoy the warmth every time I walk outside. (I still enjoy the A/C too though.)

David August 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I’m actually enjoying our heatwave too, and I never have before.

I haven’t experienced a Canadian winter in a year and a half because I missed the last one. I wonder if I’ll enjoy it too.

Matt August 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Let it feel like whatever it feels like.

I’ve absorbed this lesson in various other forms over the course of my own journey to “let things be ok” but this article puts it into really poignant prose.

I do wonder about the same question commenter Matthew hints at above though: at what point does it become better to change the external stimulus rather than the internal response.

For simple physical discomforts or things that you really have no way of avoiding for the time being its definitely useful to be able to employ this strategy.

But lets say you’re not part of the minority of supremely overqualified housekeepers (i.e. not an educated blogger/engineer with alternative career options) and instead a regular laborer with few other options. At some point do you have to let yourself get a little fed up and disgusted so that you’ll be motivated to find a way out of it? For example the sink-cleaner realizes he hates actually cleaning the sink but knows that there’s money in it and he can hire people to do it for him and becomes a small-business owner.

Obviously that opens up into a much larger debate. But if you’re great at accepting and making life agreeable don’t you run the risk of becoming too agreeable to circumstances you might want to improve?

David August 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I do wonder about the same question commenter Matthew hints at above though: at what point does it become better to change the external stimulus rather than the internal response.

The two aren’t exclusive of each other. In my opinion it is always wise to accept it internally. If it really is crucial to change, nothing is stopping you from changing it. But being in a reactive state puts the blinders on to many possibilities of changing it, because your motivation is an emotional one: “make it stop, I hate this.” The emotional attachment creates suffering right then and there and limits your creativity and critical thinking.

Being agreeable doesn’t mean you are complacent. It just means your behavior remains proactive instead of reactive. I’m convinced acceptance gives a person their best chances at changing what they want to change.

Trish Scott February 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

So agree.

Clearly Composed August 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I loved this…for the advice and the cool story. :)

I saw a therapist once for a problem I was having with anxiety and he told me nobody ever wins when they fight a panic attack. He explained that I needed to just feel it, watch it, let it flow through me and let it go. Don’t judge it and don’t make it the enemy. A very different approach than white knuckling it and with very different results too.

David August 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

The show Obsessed uses that method too. It’s so simple and very powerful: trigger the anxiety, and just stay aware of it. Soon they just see it and feel it, instead of becoming it. Most of them make major turnarounds from doing this.

Rosa August 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

This spoke to me a lot as I live in a very hot country and I’m used to extreme heat but I don’t know how you managed to do THAT! Knowing there’s a way to avoid such a feeling makes it harder to “feel whatever it feels like”. You did gave me a lot to think about though and I’ll think of this whenever I have to do the dishes or face any uncomfortable situation. Thanks David!

TSA August 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

Have you ever tried to practice this while ill?

David August 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Yes, while sick and while injured. It is one of the most useful techniques I’ve ever discovered for dealing with physical distress.

Early August 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

How is this not considered indifference?

David August 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Good question.

I’m not so sure we’re capable of indifference. We can’t help but have preferences can we? But the normal way of operating is to treat preferences like needs, which means we become sufficiently attached to them that we suffer frustration when we do not get them, loss when we lose them, and fear of loss while we have them.

The answer isn’t to be indifferent (not that we really can be) but to reframe our desires as preferences with no absolute importance, rather than needs. Upon doing that, anyone will find that there is no longer anything those desires can do to upset us.

Meg - Minimalist Woman August 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

Feel the feeling, face the pain–very much part of being completely in the moment. Those who use this method with chronic pain can really surprise those who haven’t a clue how to deal with it. I’m also sure this is what soldiers, firefighters, and rescue workers must do when faced with events like 9/11 and Katrina, especially the cleanup. Learning how to do this saves us sensitive souls from a lot of grief.

Fascinating post, David, as always.

Jaky Astik August 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

You shouldn’t always feel comfortable. It’s like never getting out of your comfort zone, which is totally not possible every time. You should get out of it and be whatever you are. You should do it the way you are doing it.

If it feels bad, let it be. Your task is not to feel that thing for now. All you got to do is complete it. That’s how great souls have survived failures. What happened when Edison couldn’t get through that experiment? He was uncomfortable for him to fail, but he agreeably got his wheels running till the time he found success with that experiment.

Sathya January 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

Believe this if possible… I am having a hard time in believing this myself…

I have been reading your blog for more than a week now… I am 27, and have never ever felt this way about myself or the world around me until now.. When I was reading this particular post… I noticed that my left hand was in the position of some mudra.. my palm facing up.. thumb touching my index finger.. and the other fingers straight out.. suddenly noticed it.. and felt weird cos I have never seen this sign before.. wanted to know the meaning of it.. and with some googling found it to be vitarka mudra which is used for transfer of knowledge or Buddhist teachings… am spellbound and my eyes are wet already!!!

Sathya January 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

and FYI…

Am an atheist!

James Desiderio February 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Good write-up, great writing! I do agree for most part of this. Yeah, ‘feel the pain’ – it will make you a stronger person. But taking this on a different, perhaps, upper level, there is always an exception: danger. Partly because we are humans with animal instincts. And just like animals in the wild, when danger poses, our instinct tells us to escape as soon as possible. It’s ok to feel it (accept it), but we need to protect ourselves too. Walking away after accepting everything outside the comfort zone to go back to the comfort zone is OK and a more courageous act.

Trish Scott February 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Love it! I used to HATE hot weather! Then, when I had to go to Salt Lake City to take care of family matters, I got a nothing job driving a step van delivering newspaper bundles to the paper delivery people. Step vans have engines right under your feet when you are driving and summer afternoons in Salt Lake are HOT to begin with – add on the engine heat and there is no way to avoid 120 – 130 degree temps in the cab even with the doors wide open. I was dying every afternoon! Then at some point I just accepted it all. It was fine. I noticed the wonderful way the body has of sweating and then cooling with the least little breeze. My body is a very efficient evaporative cooler! I LOVED that! Every time I got out of the truck to take bundles of newspapers to the porch, my body would revel in the coolness of the breeze. It was a miracle! I came back from my run every day looking like a heat stroke victim but I was fine. It changed everything about my being. To this day I love hot weather!

And I remember your post about the cold bathroom. I think of it from time to time. Good stuff.

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