Endless Life

Think…

What if you had eternal life? You would not get old and frail.

After 50 years added on to the Biblical 70 you would be 120 years old.

All your relations, lovers and friends would have died leaving you ALONE!

At 130 years old you have grown bored and weary

You lacked all ambition and the projects you have started seemed pointless now that you have ENDLESS TIME!

You longed for the GRAVE!

 

What a surprise, IMMORTALITY IS A CURSE!

People think to have endless time would be great.

UNTIL you actually live it!!!

 

WE NEED DEATH to give shape and meaning to life.

Without the thing we know will happen some time, namely death, life would be pointless.

At 70 we say there are so many places to see, ao much to do and experience, if only we had more TIME!

But the point is: WE DON’T MAKE FULL USE OF THE TIME WE HAVE.

Making full use of time would be meaningless if we had endless time.

Existence would become a pointless burden.

 

In conclusion:

We are responsible for how we use the time allotted to us.

We should stop thinking, “I wish I had mire time” and think instead “if only I had made better use of my time.”

SO DO THAT: Make the best use of your time under the circumstances you live with.

And remember: WE DON’T HAVE ENDLESS TIME.

 

The Bribe

Most Prime Ministers would want to run a clean, more honest administration with no corruption.

But when someone whispers in their ear:

“I’m prepared to give 25 million pounds to help provide clean water for thousands of people in Africa.

In return I want to be knighted in the New Year honours list.”

The dilemma is:

Can it be so wrong to sell a knighthood when the reward would do so much good?

What to do?

There’s two views on this dilemma:

The  reward should benefit many people.

Then the PM should take the bribe.

Due process and the rule of law would stop the PM from taking the bribe.

If the PM refuses he will be accused of being more interested in keeping himself pure then helping thousands of people.

His desire to be moral is actually immoral!

If he took the bribe what other corruptions would follow?

Would he lie to the people and by doing so he can win their support for a war they would otherwise oppose?

If net consequences for bribes are all that matter to politicians how can they stay not corrupt?

Or was it impossible to begin with?

Doubting Thomas

“Hey, what are the self-evident truths in the Constitution?”

“Well, there’s “all men are created equal.”

They have unalienable rights, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.”

The man grimaced and said:

“I DOUBT IT!”

 

Is there anything so self-evident that cannot be doubted?

Is the world just a figment of our imagination?

See, even the physical world can be doubted!

Philosophers like to make us doubt what we think we know.

Their tool is the “capacity to think rationally.”

We doubt many things, the doubting demon could be encoded in our DNA!

So can we rely on our ability to reason well?

We cannot doubt whether our capacity for reason is flawed or not.

We can say it has served us well or can we?

Stop doubting everything ! Look what happened to Doubting Thomas, the disciple, he was martyred in India for doubting the resurection of Jesus.

“Lets have a drink and forget the whole thing.”

My friend said:

“I doubt whether whiskey is the answer.”

I replied:

“BUT IT’S WORTH A SHOT!”

Back To Front

The Professor said:

“Human behaviour can always be explained by our history as evolved beings from animals.”

A hand flew up in the class.

“Why do kids today wear their baseball caps the wrong way round?”

“Animals advertise their suitability to a mate by how strong they are.

Consider the baseball cap, worn in the traditional style it is protection from the sun and also the gaze of other kids.”

There was a pause by the teacher so the point sunk in

“By turning the cap around, the male is signaling he doesn’t need this protection. He is tough and strong.

Second, inverting the cap is a gesture of non-conformity.

He is above the rules and again this signals superior strength!”

“But couldn’t you look at this differently?”, said the kid.

“Maybe the inverted cap is a signal of weakness to avoid and resist peer pressure.

Maybe it has nothing to do with evolution!”

The Professor shook his head.

“Supporters of the evolved being idea say we just don’t want to acknowledge how much we are the products of our animal history,”, said the teacher.

The kid wearing his cap with the peak forward just shook his head in confusion!

WHAT SAY YOU?

EVOLUTION OR JUST BEING AWKWARD.

 

Laughter As We Go On Aging

Remembering that the “ODDS” are us oldies don’t have too long.

Pushes us to be “AWAKE” to every minute and enjoy.

Because almost everything “FALLS AWAY” in the “FACE OF DEATH”

leaving ONLY what is important.

 

It’s funny that youngsters see OLD AGE as a foreign country!

But really youth and oldies are often a MIRROR IMAGE of each other.

Just as a 20 year old has their whole life AHEAD OF THEM.

Their 80 year old grandfather has a long past to look BACK ON.

The young wonder what will happen in life.

The oldie wonders about their health and how long they can

maintain their INDEPENDENCE.

 

So what is our TASK as oldies?

It is to make peace with our lives and live for the moment.

We try to focus on the bigger picture.

We want to better prioritise  and appreciate our lives and our relationships with others.

We coped with life’s negatives and hopefully we appreciate life’s positives.

We hope to enjoy the good parts and make the best of the bad ones.

Overall life is more straight forward when you’re old.

We’ve had more years to make mistakes and a lot more chances to learn from them.

You know the road ahead is much shorter and what roads there are, you’re

just going to WALK!

 

The Fleeting Present

What is the reason we don’t stay in the PRESENT too often?

EVOLUTION says if we spend too much time in the PRESENT our survival could be threatened!!!

What if a mugger sneaks up behind you on the street?

What if anxiety sneaks into your thoughts?

We don’t worry about animals sneaking up on us anymore!

Like Prehistoric Man did!

AWARENESS in the PRESENT is only fleeting but that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it?

But your mind drags you back to where it needs to be…

“I have to remember to buy shower gel.”

“I hate my feet and my face!”

To stay in the PRESENT, you need to practice, only with practice can you unwire and rewire patterns of thought.

The PRESENT IS THE ONLY LIFE YOU HAVE!

LETS BECOME wise people AND MAKE CHOICES. AND TAKE ACTIONS THAT BENEFIT US NOW IN THE NOW.

Instead of the survival of the fittest, lets have SURVIVAL OF THE WISEST!!!

Try to make a difference in ONE LIFE in this world of 7 billion!

I want to make sure that ONE LIFE won’t ever again have to feel powerless and alone.

When I complete my aim, I will have done it!!!  Make a difference in ONE LIFE that is.

So what can us oldies do?

GROW SOME NEW NEURONS

Howling At The Moon

A shortie this time since I just came out of hospital.

Howling at the Moon–expending energy on hoping you can have something that you might Not get.

Also dwelling on your suffering.

Simetimes self-pity is hard to avoid.

We had two full moons in October and one was on Halloween.

I went outside  and howled at the moon on Halloween.

My neighbour thought I was a WEREWOLF!!!

What I want is to shrink my enlarged prostrate so I can pass urine normally.

It will take about 4 months of taking the tablets to shrink it sufficiently.

I will start this week on the pills.

Keep your fingers and ties crossed for me.

In the meantime “HOWL” it’s a great way to let loose and let off steam.

The Refuge

As I look back on my life I see it more as a Comedy than a Tragedy. A comedy in which you have a great big belly laugh while your heart is breaking.

One of the most important things I learned on my life journey is to live in the present moment for it’s the ONLY LIFE YOU HAVE.

The Present Moment is your REFUGE. The present is a place providing safety and contentment. It’s where your good functioning and mental health resides.

Your Healthy Functioning is your peace of mind, your satisfaction with life at the moment, your contentment and it allows your mind to feel at rest. It allows you to enjoy the present, rather than struggle and fight the ebbs and flows of life.It allows you to remember that the most important thing in life is ENJOYING IT and feeling INNER PEACE.

What is life?

Life is a constant series of present moments to be experienced one right after another. Constantly living in the “NOW.”

Living in the Present means you are focusing on what is happening Right Now. You know your life is too important to worry about the past or future.

Living in the Present makes worry fade away because rather than worrying about what might happen, your thinking is focused on what is the best you can do right now.

You have to let go of worry and struggle because it is a waste of time, energy and your life.

Conscious breathing exercises will keep you in the Present.

Remind yourself how wonderful life is when you aren’t worrying about the future and you’re living in the present.

The past is history. The future is a mystery.The present is the only life you have.

Always appreciate the gift of another new day.

You handle old age by LIVING in the moment and FOR the moment.

LIVE YOUR LIFE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT AND BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU HAVE THAT MOMENT!

 

 

New Rules For Globalisation

Why doesn’t the world cooperate better on SHARED problems?

Because the global thinking is on Trade and Economics NOT on other priorities such as Public Health and Climate Change.

We need to reconfigure Globalisation with more emphasis on Public Health and Climate and a more relaxed approach to economics, trade and finance.

Define Globalisation–the process by which businesses and organisations develop international connection and start operating on an International scale.

What about the World Health Organisation?

It could become the central instrument of a refigured Globalisation.

But right now people are critizing the WHO for not jumping on China right away(shutting down air travel etc.)

It underestimated the magnitude of the China contagion.

Not much global harmony when the blame game starts!

We need to build a globalisation for Public Health, aimed at preventing and stopping pandemics.

The WHO could create an early warning system, a common info base, and large medical research and vaccine development budgets.

Another priority for Globalisation could be to focus on our environmental challenges.

It could create worldwide binding emissions quotas maybe even carbon taxes.

Covid 19 has exposed the need for new priorities in Globalisation.

The virus defies national borders and just spills over from country to country.

The effort made recently to secure trade agreements between countries have yielded only modest to no success.

What if that effort was made to preparing for pandemics and limiting green house gases?

We would have been better prepared and maybe the fall in global income wouldn’t have been so bad.

So the pandemic had uncovered the frailty of all human beings and the arrangements we have devised to co-exist on this Earth.

So we have to change our global thinking to take something of value from this dark time.

We need to forge a different and better world out of this crisis.

Examine Your Life

What made me write this blog is that I was asked:

“How would you approach the coronavirus pandemic, ATTITUDE WISE, if you had to go through it all over AGAIN?”

Now there’s a horrible thought for you!

So, lets set the scene: Bear with me on this, there is a point.

A wicked witch whispers in your ear when you are just falling off to sleep:

“This life you are living and have lived it, you will have to live it ONCE MORE and there will be nothing new in it, every pain and every joy, every sigh and sadness, everything small of great in your life will return to you, all in the same succession and sequence.

In other words, the hourglass of your life will be turned over AGAIN!

So the events stay the same.

The ONLY thing you could CHANGE would be your ATTITUDE toward them.You could change the way you thought or felt about something.”

 

“What is the purpose of this, I asked.”

“It is a THOUGHT EXPERIMENT to test your relationship to your life.”

 

Consider these questions:

Do you celebrate being ALIVE?

Do you savour your moments, even the painful or challenging ones?

Would it be wonderful to savour them AGAIN? Why?

 

If you feel horrified by this experiment, this suggests that you are NOT making the most of your time on this earth.

But if you wouldn’t mind going through it all again, that means you LOVE your fate and you accepted it OR you are content with the meaning you have created in your life.

There are some memories a person has that they wish they didn’t have to re-live.

On the other hand, it would be great to re-live memories of family and friends.

So there would probably be an INTENSIFICATION of one’s feelings, both good or bad about the past.

The knowledge that you would have to live all past events over again, would change the way you feel about them and regard them. So, your attitude toward them would change even though the events themselves are NOT changing.

Looking back over your life would you have a more positive attitude towards events, good or bad?

Yes, because if you have to live them over again, your good attitude would help you go through the bad ones and it would help you to REALLY enjoy the good ones.

Something to think about in the Present!

Living your life over again with no changes but attitude would probably make you attend to your experiences more and live a more vivid life.

Can you think of all the times in your past that would have been better if your attitude at the time was more positive?

So, by changing your ATTITUDE towards events in your life, you make sure it’s a life worth reliving and one you could love.

So here’s the trick: It makes sense to have a positive attitude towards your life, one that is worth loving, even if it only happens ONCE!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

Now back to the original question:

If I had to go through the pandemic all over again how would I change my attitude toward it?

At the beginning of the lockdown I was fearful and at the same time, angry that my life was being severely restricted. Fearful of the uncertainty and the impending dufficulty of obtaining food supplies. I was fearful for my future and my wife’s since we were elderly and this lockdown would take a CHUNK OF TIME OUT OF OUR LIVES.

But now I’ve decided to approach it with a more positive and upbeat attitude.

Eventually we will be able to meet family and friends and maybe, just maybe, things might change for the better after it’s over.

The world might be better prepared for the next pandemic and maybe people will value their present moments more and enjoy them.

People might think about what’s really important in life such as, enjoying your family and friends more and being more content in your life. And maybe, there’s a lot of maybes, a more unified world would emerge.

So, if I had to live it all over again, I would try NOT to be so fearful and angry at the first and to think how it could be better when it’s over.

So, this story of living your life over again, gives you a good reason, attitude wise, to make the rest of your life a life worth living OR does it simply make everything meaningless?

In conclusion, I believe we have to find our OWN meaning in our lives.