My goal last year was to visit Paris but right before my trip, the city suffered with ISIS terrorist attack and unfortunately, after that, I had no more chances to travel to France. In 2014 I visited Washington National museum , New York’s Metropolitan and Boston museum so in 2015 I was really looking forward to revisiting Paris’ main museums: The Louvre, Musee D’orsay and the L’orangerie.
It is a terribly sad thing that terrorism is such a part of our lives that we can’t even feel safe in our own home or in other countries. In history, there were no times of prolonged peace with no wars in any country. I wonder if our human race is doomed to perpetual strife?
Nitzsche has a quote that I really like that talks about solidarity: “Bringing joy to others causes one to feel joy. Even a small gesture, when it brings joy to others, causes our own hands and soul to become filled with joy”
On another note, I was invited to go to Korea by Magnus Korea president Mr. Son in November. I’ve known Mr. Son for 30 years. He started by selling our Fukken and due to high taxes and many obstacles, he was forced to create his own ways to produce Fukken independently. He is a very inventive and bright man. He was always very studious and ended up even writing a book on mushroom mycelia and other health food publications.
About 10 years ago, he invited me to create a medical clinic geared toward more naturalistic treatments with special attention to creating treatments that are more tailored towards each patient’s specific needs but I declined saying my goal lies in prevention rather than treatment. 2 years ago, when they visited the US, they said that the clinics were doing well and invited me to visit them in Korea. Finally last year, I was able to visit them in November.
He actually built 3 clinics. I was so surprised and impressed by his vitality. Mr. Son while working long hours everyday, continued studying and achieved his doctorate expanding his horizon further and further. His graduating thesis was on improvement of Korea’s medical environments.
I visited all 3 clinics and could see first hand the tremendous care given to each patient. I was impressed that in difficult cases, nurses are stationed permanently inside each room 24 hours a day. Also, the facilities are built so that they have a “at home” feeling throughout. Maybe that’s why the patients looked relaxed and positive.
People my age are famous for the stubbornness and aversion to change. Yet, even my friends, who are just like that, started listening after many dialogues showing interest in my ideas for the Association for Long life and Health. I am working to create the structure of this association which is still far from its launching but the ideal is that all members are able to share their thoughts and support each other to create a healthy old age life for everyone.
It is said that illness begins in our spirit. I truly believe that is the case. Being positive is one of the great keys to good health.
Another is good food, good sleep and exercise. I created a Health Calendar and really hope you can utilize it throughout this year as a tool to monitor your health.
Happy New Year everyone! No matter how old I am, the New year brings hope and a sense of excitement! This year I turn 80! I reviewed my last year with more care than ever before in December. It is said that 80 is the start of the second cycle of senior age.
I love Samuel Ullman’s poem on youth. Let me share it with you as it always inspire and move me:
“Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind, it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair - these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether they are sixteen or seventy, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and star like things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what is to come next, and the joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. When the wires are all down and all the innermost core of your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then you are grown old indeed.
But so long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from man and from the Infinite, so long you are young. “
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