Thursday, 11 October 2007

LONG LIFE - BE AN OPTIMIST


Some days ago I saw an article at Frieda's blog INSPIRE, MOVE & TOUCH that made me think ever since. She mentioned a book "Health at 100" where it is said that people with positive outlook live longer than negative oriented.

Reading this the normal question is to which category I belong. According to my wife I am p. but as to me and myself, I feel I am both, it just depends on the situation and what is going on.

Being negative means you think no good comes out of this or that. Next, it gives you the impression to understand fully what is going on without dreaming about a happy fairy tale ending.

Here is a poem from Bertold Brecht that illustrates the idea (my translation - I do hope it still has some meaning)

I have to admit: I don't have any hope.
The blind talk about a way out.
I see
.

When all errors have been used up
The last companion sitting in front of you
Is nothingness.

That's not black, it's bleak and in fact he made it only till 58. So be warned.

A positive attitude towards life could certainly be illustrated by the famous words said by Martin Luther nearly 500 years ago:

Who loves not woman, wine and song,
Remains a fool his whole life long.

This guy loved life, don't you think? Here is another one from Martin Luther (the one who lived 500 years ago, not the one who was killed in the sixties):

If I would know doomsday coming tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.

Last not least, let me tell a little joke. A patient came to his doctor and said:

"Doctor, I wish to live till 100 and in perfect health". And the doctor : "well, do you smoke?"
"No "
"Do you drink?"
"No"
"Women"
"No"
"Well", said the doctor, "you might live that long but just tell me WHY"


9 comments:

  1. Hi George,
    thx 4 your nice concideration.these days i'm alittle bit busy so not found time 2 answer your question sooner.
    Eid is a day,actually the last day of Ramadan.it means that moslims after 1 month limitation in eatings and drinkings in day time, now are free to eat what they want. it's part of our religious and people congradulate it to each other at that date.
    have nice times.
    bye

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  2. Cette histoire je la connais, différente un peu. Finalement, les histoires racontent toutes la même chose.
    Il y a les histoires d'amour qui se finissent mal. Mais sans amour aussi, sans risquer les peines d'amour, sans aimer on vit tranquillement, mais pourquoi ?

    La chute de mon histoire était "une longue vie, mais tellement ennuyeuse..."

    Merci Georg d'être passé sur mon blog "Passerelle" où je mets les photos que je préfère, et qu'en général j'ai déjà publiées sur mon blog principal "cergipontin". Sans textes, les photos prennent une autre dimension.
    Celle qui tu as remarquée a été prise rapidement dans mon entrée au petit matin, après avoir fêté chez des amis chinois leur nouvel an...

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  3. I loved Martin Luther's quote the best and he indeed did live a long life considering at that time people's average life span was 30 years!

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  4. Later this evening I will go to my humidor and extract one very fine cigar. Then my favorite Lagered beer from the kitchen. I will then go to the woods behind my house. Start a bonfire, lite my cigar, open the beer, sit down, and relax. Even if I do not live longer I will live better.

    Thank you for this post

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  5. Hallo Polar,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Please convey my kindest regards to your humidor. He started it all and makes living worth while.

    Georg

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  6. Georg,

    I am a great fan of Martin Luther too. However I fear that the quote about planting a tree before doomsday was not his, but Martin Luther King.

    To compensate for the loss of this quote, I offer one of my favourites from a sermon by Luther in 1522:

    "I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached and wrote God's Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26-29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it."

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