Choosing My Adventure

Choosing My Adventure - Freedom Plan Lifestyle

Choosing My Adventure – Freedom Plan Lifestyle

Choosing my adventure for Day 8 of the blogging challenge was interesting! What could I do that was fun, made me feel that I had all the time in the world, and could set me up to include more such activities in my Freedom Plan lifestyle?

As it was a ‘normal’ working week day for me, I chose to browse in a few clothing stores after-hours. Having also recently completed a mini-makeover workshop, I was keen to hone my new skills in finding wonderful garments that flattered my colouring and body shape.

I loved the feeling of browsing at leisure without being compelled to buy anything which was not pleasing to me. I knew what I was looking for –  even so, it was fun just observing other shoppers, and taking the time to absorb the colours, textures and styles of the rows and racks of clothing.

I felt great appreciation for the designers of the garments, for the people who had been employed to construct, market and merchandise all of these amazing clothes.

Because I was feeling centered, on purpose, but also expansive, I found 4 items that were a perfect fit, perfect colour, and perfect match for what I had intended. And – the price was perfect too – an added bonus!

These are the kind of adventures I am choosing for my Freedom Plan Lifestyle. They may seem routine ‘every day’ activities, but when they are tinged with a sense of awe and wonder, they soon become part of a Perfect Day, day after day after day.

I know my adventures are different to yours…  Inspire me and share yours?

 

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Challenges I am Facing Right Now

facing pressing challenges right now

Facing challenges right now

 

Challenges I am facing right now have lead me to participate in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Blog Challenge. I love blogging. I have realised that creative writing is one of my passions. I have been out of sorts recently, and I believe this challenge will help me to find my rhythm and reason again.

Day One Challenge is to name 2-3 of my biggest challenges that I am facing right now, why they are coming up for me, and any possible solutions I could identify.

Immediately I name my ‘Broken Wing’, the fracture I sustained to my left shoulder joint. Physically, every action is taking longer as I am slowly regaining function of my left arm. I tire more easily, and find my length of mental focus is also affected. I don’t feel quite so ‘driven’ as I did before my fall. I am truly grateful for the space the recovery time has given me – time to reflect on the path I was walking, and how I might want to change course. I see this as the perfect time to reassess my priorities and vision regarding my HeartFire Therapy Practice and my spiritual orientation.

To this end, I am focusing on regaining whole body health – eating well, exercising, resting, meditating and loving myself.

My second most pressing challenge is feeling overwhelmed by all the business models and business tools ‘out there’. In the past I have spent thousands of dollars and thousands of hours completing online courses on all sorts of topics that interested me, in the hope of finding the elusive one that would bring me closer to my dream of being self-employed and financially independent. While I have learnt heaps of interesting stuff, I struggle to bring it all together cohesively.

In the course of my research into the solution to my overwhelm, I have learnt that I need to ask for help, that there is no shame in acknowledging that I am floundering. I have consulted with a number of different coaches, and am learning to accept jewels of wisdom where I find them.  So many styles of coaching, so many personality types. I realise that I need to find a Tribe where I am accepted and Celebrated, where I can flourish and share my talents and gifts.  I am unique, I create my own style.

My third most pressing challenge is prioritising my time. I am so easily distracted by the chores and daily habits that I have created. It is true that living alone creates a certain freedom from ‘have-to-do activities’, yet I am the one who is responsible for keeping my home the Sanctuary I love to live in.  I love gardening, pottering at home, writing, reading, craft work……. I lose track of time, and often put grunty things off in favour of doing easier more enjoyable activities.

Why this challenge comes up for me now, is to bring me to a point of focus. How serious am I really about shining my light, about taking my gifts and talents to those who would receive them? How serious am I really about my HeartFire Business? What is truly holding me back? What would it take to create and hold my Focus?

I am working on this one, planning my next steps.

What challenges are you facing now – and would you be prepared to share them?

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The Wounded Healer

 

Challenges and Blessings and time to make some changes

Challenges and Blessings – time to make some changes

 

Yes, I know – it’s been a while since I wrote. Life has brought me challenges and many Blessings too. Rewind to the end of January when I was un-partnered and suddenly single. The Wounded Healer now has the perfect opportunity to take stock of her life, to make some long overdue changes.

The first life changing event was the decision to downsize and to move into a home that better suited my needs. A fresh start with no stagnant energy lingering in any corners. I had previously strongly resisted this idea, as I felt so attached to all my efforts that had created the tranquil space and beautiful garden. This time it was so different. I felt ready to find a space that was uniquely ‘me’, and would provide the perfect space for my Acupuncture Treatment Room / Sanctuary.

That decision turned out to be the easiest first step – the selling part took much longer. My determination to follow through was tested time and again. Months of weekly Open Homes followed and at times I felt so despondent that I was ready to quit. Somehow, I knew deep down that my new Home was waiting, and that I was to trust that all was indeed well.

And so it was. At the end of June my house finally sold, and on a most auspicious day in July I was declared the owner of my new home. It is perfect for me. Smaller yet spacious, with an established garden and a Sanctuary for my work. My happiness knows no bounds!

Then life became even more interesting. Three weeks after moving in, I fell while out running along the beach track. I remember walking home pleading with the Universe that nothing was broken! I had shattered my left shoulder joint, which required a bone graft, pinning and plating. Hmm. I did NOT see that coming.

In the weeks since then I have had time to reflect on so many areas of my life. Isn’t it amazing how such an event can bring us to reflect on what is meaningful, what serves us, and where we wish to focus our energy?

I feel a deep joy sitting here writing at my computer. It has been too long. I have much to share, and I realise that sharing is one of my passions. I am going to follow my passion more often. I hope you will join me.

How will you share your passion with your world? I would love you to share with me!

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Create a New Vision of Life

 

thought shifting helps us to create a new vision of life.

Thought Shifting – Create a New Vision of Life

I find Dr Norm Shealy a great source of inspiration and information especially regarding creating a new vision of Life. (www.normshealy.com). In a recent newsletter, he posted this article by Janice Paul MA, and I would love to share it with you.

SHATTER NEGATIVITY WITH A THOUGHT-PART II 

CREATES A NEW VISION OF LIFE

By thought shifting to the greater good of others is how the negative energy pathway of the world will start to change. The thought intention for the highest good of others creates a transfer of positive energy that will radiate and bounce back off of the highest good action, which will then satisfy the individual’s need.

It is the realization that others’ needs are truly our own needs. It is the oneness concept.

If a person decides to accept this change in their thought process the end result will be a new vision of life.

Once the decision is made to change the thought process to the greater good then it is as if a giant book opens up and all instructions, directions, wisdom and answers are given to all. All knowledge becomes available. Advanced knowledge that has never been known before becomes available. It is knowledge based upon an inner opening of the mind. A blocked off portion of the mind that has never been known before. It is an unveiling of a blocked off cave. A cave within the mind that has been unknown. It is a cave of knowledge that becomes available to all.

The switch in the thought process is what opens the door to this cave of knowledge.

It is creating a world in which positive energy, wisdom and knowledge buffer the negativity. Through the buffering there will be a reduction in all that is created by negative energy. All negative energy that is filled and made up of self- need fulfillment will be deflated. In the deflation process, there will be more positive changes that will fuel individual growth in all forms.

A thriving will start to be seen in all beings. A thriving in the land, air, water – all that is impacted by energy. It is as if there will be a comfort blanket of positive energy around all beings. It will serve as a shield against negative energy.

The comfort blanket will also serve as a conductor that will pull more positive energy inside of the blanket. This comfort blanket of positive energy builds and builds, continues to push against each other, expanding and expanding until the negative energy is pushed out of the way. It also helps to increase the vibrational level of the world.

Sound in the world will change. There will be a lessening of loud, hurtful sounds and an increase in soft, peaceful sounds. Sounds that help to heal rather than harm. Soft sounds have healing ability beyond what we currently know. The soft sound will enter the body of any being and work towards desensitizing the nerve endings so that the body and mind will relax.

Vision of the individual will also change. The input and output of positive energy through vision will be healing. Positive energy attaches to the eye and acts as a buffer from negative energy entering in this way.

Janice Paul, MA  janicepaulb@gmail.com

I am inspired to shift my thought processes. What would it take for me to be in the energy of Thought Changing?

 

 

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Stand Up – Be Moved

Movement is crucial for our existence! This guest post highlights movement in our work environment. This could be in a corporate environment, and also our home office. Stand up and be moved!

standing desks allow movement at work

Stand up – Be Moved!

 

Sit to stand desks have become the latest thing to have in the modern office. They are not, however, the silver bullet for everyone. As with any product it is about the end user being educated as to why and how they work better for us as well as understanding what you should be looking for when investigating the sit to stand desk market.

 

There are two reasons why such desks work.

  1. Fundamentally humans should not sit all day – we are not designed for it and it is not good for us. More importantly, we shouldn’t be staying in one position for too long – movement is key. Varying your position between sitting and standing on a regular basis brings some movement to your working environment.
  1. Secondly, human proportions/measurements vary tremendously. The desk height norm of 720mm will not, therefore, suit everyone. In fact, from a survey undertaken by Ergostyle this standard height of 720mm suits very few – 90% of the surveyed people have a sitting elbow height of between 590 and 710mm. Additionally the standing height of some desks do not suit everybody. It is important that the height range of a desk is considered and ideally matched to the people using it.

Calculate your individual ideal height range as follows:

  1. The desk height when sitting should be one finger width (approximately 2cm) below your elbow when sitting correctly in a height adjustable chair (feet flat on the floor and a 90 degree angle between the lower and upper leg)
  1. The desk height when standing should again be one finger below your elbow when you are standing. The space allowed for below your elbow (when shoulders are relaxed) allows for your arms to swing easily over a keyboard without raising your shoulders.

Besides height, the other crucial consideration for a desk is the lift capacity. This not only affects directly the amount of weight the desk has been designed to take but also affects the ease with which the desk copes with the weight and thus the life of the lifting mechanism. A desk which has to carry a weight close to its capacity does not last as long as one where the weight easily falls within its capacity.

Additional features to look for in a sit to stand desk are its

  • Stability (how stable is the desk at its greatest height?)
  • Is the height displayed? (best practice under AS/NZS442:1997)
  • Is the control programmable or does it integrate with a computer?
  • Is cable management provided?

And don’t forget to stand up to be moved!

by Jacqui Barnes  www.ergostyle.co.nz

 

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Lessons from Live Love Laugh

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Dayle Hunt is a Life Mechanic and he aims to tune your internal Ferrari to reach peak performance. I attended his inaugural one-man show Live Love Laugh, where he combines personal stories of life lessons with humour and humility.

He maintains that we have six basic Human Needs which need to be fulfilled for us to live a meaningful life. He combined stories and anecdotes to illustrate how we go about meeting our individual needs to have certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution in our lives.

It seemed that one hour was way too short a time to settle in and fully engage with his three personas who occupied the stage in their turn.

Interestingly, for me I guess, my own enjoyment of the evening was marred by the disruptive presence of the young person who sat in the seat behind me. She repeatedly kicked the back of my chair violently, causing the whole row of seats to reverberate, and the man seated in front of me to cast annoyed looks in my direction. Then she explosively crushed her empty plastic cup in my ear. Then she sat with her feet dangling over the back of the empty seat next to me, and proceeded to kick that too.

I had accepted an invitation to Live Love Laugh, and I found myself then pondering whether this young person was actually displaying the effects of NOT having her basic needs met.

  • Certainty. Had her parents explained that they were attending a public performance where she would be required to sit peacefully for an hour during the performance. Had they outlined the expected format of the evening and told her more or less what she could expect to happen? Were there boundaries in place, should she not behave in an acceptable manner? Are her parents consistent with their discipline? How was her need for Certainty met?
  • Variety. If the young person in question was attending a live theatre event, no doubt she has attended many other social outings. School, friends’ parties, family gatherings. Perhaps she was just not enamoured with her current set of circumstances – perhaps she had wanted to be somewhere else, doing something of her own choosing.
  • Significance. Her presence behind me became significant, for all the wrong reasons! I was annoyed, distracted and then heart sore – because I did not want to be frustrated by a child. Her disruptive behaviour made her significant to others that were distracted, and perhaps also to her parents who may have felt annoyed or embarrassed that they needed to ask her to desist. How did her behaviour make her feel significant?
  • Love and Connection. If she had been my own child or grandchild, how could I have strengthened her feeling of being loved and connected? Perhaps I could have invited her to sit in my lap.
  • Growth. Perhaps this was a first ever attendance of a live event for our young person. I am hoping there would be many other opportunities for her to have wonderful experiences – and that she will grow into a sociable and friendly young woman.
  • Contribution. By just being herself, she has contributed to my learning, to my experience. It is up to me to determine the value of the contribution.

I am left pondering the evening. Dayle Hunt and Live Love Laugh will take you to many places. The familiar, the funny, the unexpected, the unexplored corners in your heart. Which brings me to ask:

How have you dealt with the disruptive seat-kicker? Please share your comments with me, so that I can keep learning!

 

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New Thinking – New Experience

New Thinking brings New Experience for www.selfmanagechronicpain.com

New Thinking brings New Experience

 

Have you recently changed your thinking about something, and noticed how your world opened up? New Thinking results in New Experience.

Last weekend I was one of the many people promoting a service and health based product at our local Mind Body Spirit Festival, which is held every six months at a multi-storied venue in the city. Stalls or cubicles are set up on the first two floors, with talks and workshops taking place on the third floor.

Regulars to the Festival feel a sense of familiarity with the layout and recognise many of the stall holders as they return each time, often to their same ‘space’. For a newcomer, the experience can be totally overwhelming! Imagine how much new thinking is stimulated, which results in new experience.

First, there is the sense of excitement, the hub-bub of sounds – conversation, music, general activity. The visual stimulation is intense. Posters, wall hangings, tables laden with enticing objects, the vibrant clothing and jewellery people are wearing. Your sense of smell is awakened, by the aroma of foods in the food area, fragrances of massage oils, soaps and other products.

So much to see, so many services and products on offer, so many people searching for who knows what? If you came with a particular purpose in mind, it is easy to fulfill your mission and leave feeling satisfied. But what if you had no idea what you were ultimately looking for? A vague sense of wanting something, hoping you would know what it was once it was in front of you.

I met people for whom all of these situations were true.

On the first day I was stationed at our stall, waiting for people to pass by, hoping to interest them in what we had to offer. Many times, these people had a dazed look about them, not wanting to be ‘accosted again’ by a zealous stall holder determined to bend their ear about the “next best thing”. They looked harried, overstimulated, tired, in need of a reassuring hug and a still quiet place to recover their equilibrium. Perhaps new thinking was too active resulting in too many new experiences.

I did not particularly enjoy the hours ‘attached’ to the stall. I did not feel that I created enough opportunities to serve, to offer anything of value to these people who were obviously searching for ‘something’, yet trying to escape from feeling cornered.

Overnight, I realised that my experience would change when my attitude and actions changed. I welcomed new thinking and new experiences. I decided to ‘be the change’, and spent the morning as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. I set out to meet each stall holder, to find out who they were, where they came from, what they were offering, and how I could meet any of their needs with what I was offering.

Guess what? I met so many interesting and lovely people! I handed out small samples as an energy exchange. I practiced the art of receiving too, accepting compliments and any snippets of advice or information. The experience was priceless.

Someone suggested to me that I could host my own stall next time – as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. It is a thought! Meanwhile, I shall keep practicing the technique: New Thinking leads to New Experiences.

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Are Spiritual People Always Happy?

David Karchere

 

DAVID KARCHERE is a speaker and workshop leader who assists people to renew their Primal Spirituality—an experience that virtually all human beings know at birth, and that ideally grows as they mature.

I recently attended a Seminar co-presented by David – at Riverdell, in July! I receive the weekly emailing – The Pulse of Spirit, and in this most recent one (August 23, 2015) David shares his wonderful insights about living a full and joyful life – despite the current level of physical pain he was enduring! 

With great respect, I share his words:

 

When I began to think about the topic of our first live online public course, a good friend suggested the theme of happiness. It is a subject of growing interest for people.

Dr. Jane Anetrini had introduced me to Dr. Dan Baker’s book What Happy People Know. And I’ve noticed the growing focus on the positive side of psychology – moving away from a study of mental disease to a study of what well-being looks like.

In July, I visited Riverdell, the Emissary Spiritual Center in South Australia. Dr. Andrew Horwood arranged for me to give a public talk in downtown Gawler on the topic 7 Simple Steps to a Happy, Fulfilling Life. Gawler is not a large town. But 60 people turned out in a packed room at the Prince Albert Hotel. They were fascinated and delighted.

Clearly, the topic was of intense interest. Just as important to me, I found that the subject of happiness gave me an opportunity to speak about the most pivotal areas of our human experience. It was an opportunity to explore the primal bond – our connection with all people, all of nature, and with the creative spirit within us.

Returning home to Sunrise Ranch, the team of people working on the course got very focused on the content. What would be important to people? How could we really make a difference in people’s lives?

The first issue to address was the very nature of happiness. Surely, it must go beyond a momentary feeling of elation, even though that’s delightful.

So the first of the three modules is on The True Nature of Joy. I had just written a chapter for Joyce Graham’s upcoming book, Accessing Joy. I entitled it The Joy of Creation. The truth I wanted to explore was fresh in my mind.

Life contains such poetry and irony.

As I developed the material for the first module of the course, I was recovering from a back spasm, aggravated by my travel. At times, it really hurt!

There I was, writing about joy. And my lower back was killing me!

And then I GOT it.

How perfect!  Joy isn’t just about feeling good. Happiness isn’t just a momentary sensation. I was in some pain. But I knew deep joy and fulfillment in my life. I am a happy man!

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like pain any more than the next person does. Truth be told, I’m a wimp when it comes to things like dentistry and other kinds of physical pain. I avoid pain when I have a chance. And that includes emotional pain too.

But I am a happy man, with or without a back spasm. I have joy in my life even if I am having a bad day. My joy is from something way beyond that. How can I share the key to that understanding?

I had collided with a belief that is in the back of many people’s minds: If I am on a spiritual path, good things will always happen to me, and they’ll make me happy.

Really?

When I think about it, the most spiritual people I have known in my life have dealt with all kinds of illness, heartache and disappointment.

And then I think about the people who are spiritual heroes to me. People like Martin Luther King, John Lennon, the Dalai Lama and Jesus. They each faced huge challenges. And they radiated joy.

No, happiness isn’t just a momentary sensation.

I’ve decided to name the course The Master Key to a Happy and Fulfilling Life. It will be a deep exploration of what happiness and fulfillment really is, and how to embrace it your own life.

Below is the link to the page where you can find out more about the course and register.

http://davidkarchere.com/ps-masterkey-register

I hope you can join me in our first live online course.

Next time I’ll explore the question, “What is the Master Key to Happiness?”

Warm regards,

David
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Want A New Knee?

total knee replacementWant a new knee?

Last Saturday morning I attended a study morning, dedicated to the topic of knee replacements, hosted by the New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association. I learned a lot!

 

Prof Gary Hooper, Orthopaedic Surgeon, spoke about the history of knee replacements and the complex functional problems which arise when the alignment of the prosthetic parts is faulty. He also stated that the incidence of joint replacements is increasing in New Zealand, and is expected to reach epidemic proportions due to:

  • Our aging population
  • The increasing numbers of healthy retired people
  • The greater expectation of the population to access free health funded procedures

He also reported that statistics for the USA predict that by 2030

  • Total hip replacements will increase by 157%
  • Total knee replacements will increase by 673%.

New Zealand statistics show that we model similar trends.

The NZ Orthopaedic Association has established a NZ Joint Registry which collates information about joint arthroplasty outcomes. Using data gathered between the years 1999-2012:

  • The incidence of Total Knee Replacements has increased by 157%
  • The incidence of Total Knee Replacements is 57% higher than Total Hip Replacements

These statistics are attributed to the physically orientated population, high levels of obesity, ethnicity, and favour females between the ages of 70-79 years of age.

By 2018, it is predicted that the number of Total Knee Replacements will exceed the number of Total Hip Replacements.

The Survival Rate of the prosthesis has been found to be 95%, for a period of approximately 14 years – after which a revision of the procedure may be necessary. This is the main reason why people under the age of 55 years are discouraged from having the surgery as their chances for requiring a revision are greater.

Reasons for requiring revision can include:

  • Prosthesis in the Tibia loosening
  • Patellar problems
  • Deep infection
  • Pain

Prof Hooper was very clear in stating that any person who has had any form of joint replacement could be at risk of deep tissue infection for the rest of their lives. Any haematological infection (carried in the blood) such as a respiratory tract or urinary tract infection, could cause a “seed to plant” in the replacement area. Any such infection must be treated by prophylactic antibiotics.

By far the commonest cause for revision is PAIN. Even after revision, which is usually cementless, the person will probably still experience PAIN.

With my background in Pain Management, this is not at all surprising, as numerous people return to surgery to “investigate the source of pain” after “failed” procedures, leaving the person worse off than before, as the pain pathways have yet again been excited / assaulted.

According to Chris Scott, Physiotherapist, scar tissue management to reduce pain is one of the vital postoperative goals in order to return to full functional activities. This was covered in a later presentation.

Take Home Message:

  • The incidence of joint replacement is reaching epidemic proportions
  • Be Proactive – ensure that you remain physically healthy and active
  • Do not depend on the public health system to automatically be able to cater to your health needs

Have you received a joint replacement?

How has it influenced your life?

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Jogging Enhances Life Expectancy

It is claimed that people who are physically active have at least a 30% lower risk of death during follow-up – compared with those who are inactive. However, the ideal dose of exercise for enhancing life expectancy remains uncertain.

As a Health Worker and casual jogger, I am always on the lookout for current articles and interesting tips that could add to my knowledge base and enhance the experience of people I come into contact with.

 

A recent article I came across in an online Medical Journal was intriguing!

The Copenhagen City Heart Study was initiated in 1976 by P. Schnor, G. Jensen and     A. T. Hansen to increase knowledge about the prevention of Cardiac Heart Disease and stroke and therefore to enhance life expectancy. Over the years questions were added about heart failure, pulmonary diseases, arthrosis, allergy, epilepsy, dementia, stress, sleep apnea, ‘vital exhaustion’ and genetics.

As part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, a study was undertaken to investigate the association between jogging and long-term, all-cause mortality by focusing specifically on the effects of pace, quantity and frequency of jogging.

To do this, 1,098 healthy joggers and 3,950 healthy non-joggers have been prospectively followed up since 2001 to review the connection between the Dose of Jogging and Long-term Mortality

Compared with sedentary non-joggers, 1 to 2.4 hours of jogging per week was associated with the lowest mortality. The optimal frequency of jogging was 2 to 3 times per week. The optimal pace was slow or average.

The lowest Hazard Rate (HR) for mortality (or highest Life Expectancy Enhancer) was found in light joggers, followed by moderate joggers, and then strenuous joggers.

 The conclusion findings suggest a U-shaped association between all-cause mortality and dose of jogging as calibrated by pace, quantity and frequency of jogging. The U-shaped association suggests the existence of an upper limit for exercise dosing that is optimal for health benefits.

The Dose of Jogging and Long-term Mortality study concludes that

The dose of running that was most favorable for enhancing life expectancy was jogging

  • 1-2.4 hours per week

  • No more than 3 days per week

  • At a slow or average pace

Many adults perceive this goal to be practical, achievable and sustainable.

 Accumulating evidence suggests that activity patterns that are ideal for promoting long-term Cardio Vascular health and enhancing life expectancy may differ from high intensity, high volume endurance training regimes used for developing peak cardiac performance and maximum Cardio Respiratory fitness.

I feel greatly reassured that my jogging routine falls within these recommended guidelines, and it is indeed most pleasurable and sustainable.

How does your chosen exercise routine enhance your life expectancy?

 

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