Do any of you remember this saying in the title from the age of the dinosaurs? With aging the perception of what the definitions for those three wonderful words do a little adjustment in our thinking. Health might mean just the absence of any cancer cells or tumors. Wealth could connate the ability to travel frequently. Happiness, which is always a matter of perception, brings to mind a conversation with a friend.
During the 90 degree days, while staying in the cool of the basement, I cleaned out yet another file of old papers and articles saved for some reason or the other. Luckily, a small piece of newsprint was in the stack and it is copied for you below. What is fun about it is that even though it is “old” thinking, it is still true.
By George W. Calver 1928
The 10 Commandments of Health
Drink Plentifully (of water, not martinis)
Exercise Rationally (this is why I like this list)
Accept the inevitable (don’t worry)
Relax Completely (let go of all the busyness in your brain)
Check Up occasionally (do we go to doctors to frequently?)
Give 5 % of your time to keeping well and you won’t have to spend 100% getting over being sick.
Our hard-earned wisdom will tell us that getting ahead of a physical problem is the ideal, just like getting ahead of the pain after a procedure, and it may prevent a bout of something that makes you lose several weeks to illness. That said, there are numerous elders that still have a difficult time asking for help, or telling medical personnel how “bad’ the issue is, or how much pain and fear they have. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN ASK FOR HELP..AND IT IS NOT A WEAKNESS OF CHARACTER.
Take care of yourself and come back for another reading list in a few days.