“So with old age is wisdom, and with length of days understanding.”Job 12:12
Once a week, I schedule some time to scroll through the Facebook postings from family and friends. A great way to get updated on the news of the special people with whom I like to communicate. Sometimes, it provides inspiration and challenges. A post from Sharon Kling, a special friend for over four decades, caught my immediate attention — she shared a Tibetan Proverb:
“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.”
The wisdom contained in less than 20 words can be a springboard in my focus on becoming healthier. And by achieving the goal of better health ensures that I have a better chance of being more successful. And with that success, I can help improve the lives of those I love — the people who surround me each day. And potentially, without knowing, I can influence those whom I don’t know through my postings and my weekly newsletter.
Much of the wisdom of old, the timeless truths, like the Tibetan Proverb, are being proven in our modern world.
There are plenty of examples in our country where eating less would prevent disease or help to improve our health in countless ways. Most of us could benefit from a few less calories.
The evidence of the value of exercise is overwhelming. A great example is in areas around the world called Blue Zones. In these locations, individuals live a much longer life than the world average. And, one of the identified reasons for this longevity is regular exercise.
A recent article by the Mayo Clinic staff lists the many health benefits of laughter. “A good laugh has short-term effects. Laughter can stimulate many organs, activate and relieve your stress response and soothe tension.” The article continues with a list of potential long-term effects, which include improving our immune system.
Love is what I call the ultimate success principle. I wrote about this powerful truth in a newsletter edition titled, The Most Powerful Words.
Eat less, exercise, laugh and love.
Simple words. Logical. Easy to comprehend. Perhaps, difficult to implement. How to begin? A single step. A first step. One small effort.
One less soft drink this week;
Walk for five minutes;
Tell a silly joke; and
Say ‘I love you’ to someone special.
Repeat a first step with a second step. . .
I will . . .