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.
When all errors have been used up
The last companion sitting in front of you
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?"
"Do you drink?"
"Well", said the doctor, "you might live that long but just tell me WHY"