For most of us, immortality is not reality. We all have to face mortality. So when is a good time to die? Do you want to live a long life, or do you want to die before you get old? I recently read an article about Walter Breuning, a 112 yr. old man who lives in Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Breuning is currently the oldest living person. So when I read that he has some tips for achieving longevity, I sat still and opened my eyes wider to take it all in. I could learn something from him.
In the article written by James O’Keefe, M.D., Breuning points out that, “If you have your health, you’ve got everything.” His tips include: Staying active in body and mind, practicing moderation, and treating others with kindness and respect.
While it may seem like sage advice, and also seems simple enough, why is it that we essentially daily rob ourselves of time on Earth? I’m just as guilty. How often do you drone through the day, just completing tasks without actively considering what you’re doing? Do you rush against the clock like I do?
I didn’t work out today, except for playing with my children. That is good for my heart, and my soul, but was it enough?
I worked today, but today’s work was mind-numbing.
Did I practice moderation today? I had 3 cups of half-caffeinated coffee, is that moderation? Probably not. But I guess it could have been worse, it could have been fully-caffeinated coffee.
Was I kind and respectful to others today? I won’t mention the person I got frustrated with while driving. I did, however, strike up a conversation with someone whom looked like they could use a kind word.
Aren’t we all works in progress? I’m continuously trying to re-vamp my outlook, and my look in general. So to that end, here are additional tips from Dr. O’Keefe:
1. Chill Out: Take a deep breath, and let that stress go. No really! Everyone knows stress can do a number on your health, specifically your heart, digestive tract, and sexual function. There is no way to completely eliminate stress from your life, so learn to cope with it in a positive manner by exercising, or doing something you love daily to help diminish stress.