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I am in Madison, Wisconsin, where I lived from 3-5 years of age. Of course, the world looks different from a toddler’s point of view than an adult’s.  I remembered the Paul Bunyan (an American folk myth, for my non-US readers) murals in the student union, and especially the one where his dog is running with upside down legs. As you can see above I found those murals yesterday to enjoy them again.

The inscription above says, “Paul’s reversible dog could outrun all others. When he was tired running on his front legs he just turned over and ran on his hind legs.”

It’s the kind of writing that seems reasonable when read, especially to a small child. But once you get a look at what that means, you quickly realize it’s impossible. That’s what makes it both fantastic and funny.

But, don’t many of us decide to skip sleep repeatedly to catch up, or work seven days a week to get an edge? It seems reasonable until something goes wrong because your brain is not in optimum shape or you make a stupid mistake because you are just doing too much.

Treat yourself to high performance. Get your brain in the best possible shape. Don’t burn the candles at both ends continuously or you may find yourself trying to run a race upside down without the very thing you need to win.

What will you do this week to give yourself extra energy?


“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”

-Jamais Cascio