You Don't Need To Grow Old....But There's A Catch
Follow the path which leads to continuing good health.
Live long enough and we will surely grow old(er).
There's a catch.
"If you don't want to grow old, you have to be a good steward of your body." ~ Chao Saignavongs Southakrakoumanh (1832-1947) one of the last kings of Laos.
According to his family, when he partook of mortal death in 1947 he was still strong and healthy at 115! (Others say "at 102" but even they agree that he was still strong and healthy.)
Having blest his children and prophesying their futures, he simply went over and lay down beneath a small shrine built into one wall of "the silent room" of the palace where he and his family, and visitors from all faiths gathered three times a day to meditate and pray, folded his arms, and he was gone, on the day and at the hour he had prophesied weeks earlier.
What does it take "to be a good steward of your body" and live out what he described as "the fullness of my time"?
According to his granddaughter Manolie Nettavongs Jasper, it means at least "listening to your body, eating in moderation from a variety of healthy foods, avoiding avoidable stress, exercising routinely, avoiding tobacco smoke and strong alcoholic drinks, avoiding becoming dehydrated, enjoying deep, restful sleep, and forming lasting friendships."
It doesn't seem a stretch to consider that pain is simply the body's signal that something is wrong and needs proper attention.
A toothache, headache, belly ache, sore back, tender sinuses, cramps, and the whole variety of painful movements are just such signals, each one with logical next steps to be taken.
We are mortal, human beings with various outlooks on life and death. One thing is sure: how we each care for our own body makes all the difference in just how we age and how successful we are in preserving strength and health to the fullness of our own time here on earth.
Wise Benjamin Franklin was troubled by gout in his senior years, but offered some sage advice when he said, "You can exercise now, or pay for it later." We can all ponder that one when we our out taking our next walk.
© 2013 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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