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Keep Practicing The Art Of Living And Stay Forever Young   6 comments

butterfly-trail-june-1st-2011-13499 Joy & Kenne-blogJoy Otrey and Kenne Turner On Butterfly Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Keep practicing the art of living.

Like any art, the art of living
will evaporate if you don’t stay involved.

We often hear the statement,
“If you don’t use, you lose” —
a principle most obvious
in our physical bodies.

Spend three years sitting down,
when the three years are up,
you won’t be able to walk.

 

The same applies to any skill.

Stop using your
creative imagination

and it will evaporate.

Stop stimulating
and challenging your brain,
it will slowly deteriorate.

Stop caring,
and your conscience can switch off.

Look for opportunities to stay involved.

Not only should you stay involved,
but the quality of involvement
can produce a better understanding of reality.

None of us are immune
to the influence of our own world –
our friends, our family, and the books we read
are constantly shaping our thoughts and our feelings.

Life is what our thoughts make of it.

 

George Bernard Shaw
won a Nobel Prize when nearly seventy;

Ben Franklin
produced some of his best writings age eighty-four;

Pablo Picasso
put brush to canvas right through his eighties.

Isn’t the issue how old we think we are,
not how old we are?

Keep practicing the art of living.

 

“May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation
when the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful
and may you song always be sung

May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.” *

— kenne

( *from Bob Dylan’s song, “Forever Young )

Keep Practicing The Art Of Living   7 comments

Pima Canyon-9466-2 blogHiking out of Pima Canon, January 3, 2014 — Image by kenne

Like any art, the art of living will evaporate if we don’t stay involved. 
We often hear the statement, “If you don’t use, you lose.” 

As a septuagenarian, this principle is most obvious in our physical bodies. 
If I spent three years sitting down, when the three years are up,
I won’t be able to walk. 

The same applies to any skill.
Stop using your creative imagination and it will evaporate. 
Stop caring and you conscience can switch off the same as anything else. 
We have to keep using our mind to keep it in shape. 

There is no reason we should become less able as the years go by. 
By continuing to use our mental and physical capacity to the full,
our mind will keep on working for us.

Since as human beings we become a part of our immediate environment,
it is important to stay involved. 
None of us are immune to the influence of our own world –
our friends, our family, our classmates, the books and magazines we read. 

These and others with which we live are constantly shaping our thoughts and our feelings. 
Life is what our thoughts make of it.
The Bible said, “Man is what he thinks about all day.”  

George Bernard Shaw won a Nobel Prize when nearly seventy,
Ben Franklin produced some of his best writings age eighty-four
and Pablo Picasso put brush to canvas right through his eighties. 

Keep practicing the art of living.

kenne

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