December 7, 2012

John Lennon Knew!

John Lennon philosophised, life was something that happened to us while we were busy making other plans.The speed of life is a source of constant fascination. It seems that when we're doing things we enjoy, time seems to fly at blink-speed. When we were school-kids, holidays flew by. Then, as parents, we looked forward to school resuming. And when we started our climb up the corporate ladder, boring meetings and dull conversations seemed to verge on the eternal.

The reality is, of course, that time flies whether you're having fun or not. And anniversaries are there to help remind us of the speed of life. Birthdays, deaths, marriages, separations, years doing the same job, and other events are constant reminders that life is in progress.

Achieving immortality is not the answer. Even though Woody Allen lamented: 'I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve it through not dying', few people (Woody included) want to live for ever. (Even in the world of fiction, during his travels, Gulliver discovered that one thing that the immortal Struldbrugs desired most was to die of old age. And the mythical Tithonas found that living longer wasn't everything it was made out to be and begged the goddess Aurora to release him from his wish for immortality.)

Slowing down the ageing process is a much better alternative than immortality. And the only cost of putting ageing on-hold will be the time and effort you are prepared to invest in that process. You're in the driver's seat to affect the speed of your ageing process.

One sure-way of retarding ageing is to adopt a positive attitude. Researchers agree: if the will to live dies, so too does the body.

A positive attitude to ageing can add years to life and life to years-seven years is the number most-frequently mentioned. Good food, regular exercise, and access to high-quality medical support are some of life's essentials. But there's more to living longer than exercise and muesli. All the acknowledged 'right stuff' must be supported by a positive attitude and spirit to match if their true benefits are to be realised. If you're serious about retarding ageing, optimism beats pessimism every day of the week. As William James observed more than 100 years ago, 'The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes'.

Here's an immediate game-changer for you to consider.

How do you reply to the FAQ, 'How are you?' Rarely is the question-asker genuinely interested in your 'condition' or your 'state of health'. If, for example, you responded with, 'I'm dying of cancer', chances are that the enquirer will respond with an inane, 'That's nice', (or its equivalent). Positive-attitude responses to the FAQ could be: 'If I was a dog, I'd be wagging my tail', or 'If I was any better, I'd be twins', or 'I can't believe there's only one of me'. Either response is likely to jolt the question-asker and possibly lead to a meaningful conversation. Not only has your positive and different response made you feel better but also helped to make the enquirer feel better-'ho-hum' has been replaced by 'Hmmmmmm!'

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