That was the line mentioned by Mr. Roberto Caballero in one of the articles featured in Inquirer Lifestyle and that line has struck me hard. Nope, I am not like him (and hopefully not, knock on wood!) that had a heart attack. I don’t know him personally except for the fact that our choir always sing for their Our Lady of Piat Group every July. The article caught me when one of my contacts in multiply linked that article as he can relate closely to the experience of the person.
As for the article, the lessons the author wants to impart is indispensable, nowadays that most of us take our physical health for granted for various things that we do on a daily basis. Nonetheless, the following are good wake-up calls that can be taken one at a time:
- Avoid sleep deprivation. Get at least eight hours. Move the TV out of the bedroom.
- Ditch perfectionism. It is slow death. Laugh off minor mistakes. They’re not worth busting an artery over.
- Keep an ongoing dialogue with a doctor-friend. Don’t think you can manage a minor discomfort with Internet knowledge. My late brother-in-law, Finnish Ambassador Ilkka Ruso, used to say, “The deadliest animal of creation is the human being, but is fragile and dies so easily.”
- If you feel strange, drop by the nearest ER. It doesn’t even cost a fraction of a silly designer garb, or a fancy dinner.
- Make a pact with dear friends to indulge your feelings whenever a discomfort arises, and take you to the ER without question.
- Invest in good health insurance policy for catastrophic episodes. Local health cards will leave you hocking the family jewels.
- If you can afford the latest fancy cell phone, you’re crazy not to pay for good health insurance.
- Lighten up. Forget trying to be great and top-of-the-heap. Captains of industry, media superstars and red-carpet poodles will eventually have their time in an ICU commode and lie on hospital sheets, not necessarily on Pratesi linen.
- Avoid multitasking, which is death by installment. Where did all that global corporate ninja power go as we continued to see on TV all the Wall Street giants tumble?
- Keep a gratitude list. Have a “family of choice”—friends are more special because they are chosen, unlike family, who are there, whether you like them or not.
- Life is short, why make it shorter? A simplistic parsing of anger is momentary insanity. To harbor resentment against another is to make that person live in one’s mind, rent-free. Loosen up.
- So travel light, as life is a long run unless you want to drag-race on the fast lane. Avoid people who think they’re better than others, or drop the aberration that you are indeed better than others.
- We are all beautiful creatures of God, but we start losing sight of this fact when we start believing people who tell us otherwise.
And of the best lines mentioned ever in the article:
“the youthful illusion of being invincible and immortal is a big lie.”
Enough and well said! Ironically these things are quite hard to accomplish especially for the working people. However, if we can take one step at a time to enjoy life, then there’s nothing more fulfilling than living it well.