Mondays Finish The Story – The Dream of Longevity!

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Prompt sentence that accompanies the photograph: “In the compound on the hill, lives a man with a dream.”

My entry:

In the compound on the hill, lives a man with a dream. An ordinary man, if exceedingly wealthy. His dream is to live forever, and at the age of 95 and in good health, many believe he’s found some clue to immortality.

But he hasn’t. What he has done is take very good care of himself, shoring up the weak parts of body and mind with the aid of very expensive doctors and other professionals. His quandary is his acute awareness of his mortality and the statistical averages regarding the longevity for humans. He knows he’s running out of time for figuring it out and then one day sitting on his private veranda, sick and tired of being alone while gazing at the expansive and expensive land around him, he knew.

It wasn’t so much about living long as it was about living a full life. He donated most of his many millions to worthy charities and causes, and lived a modest but happy rest of his life (which turned out to be a fair amount of time) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (oh no wait that’s this writer’s dream, well anyway I hope it comes true, re: millionaires giving their money and hearts to the needy! Definitely a wishful dream on my part!)

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Thanks for stopping by and reading, I hope you enjoyed.

For more information about Mondays Finish The Story (flash fiction) Writers Challenge, where the writer uses both a photo and an opening sentence for the prompt: click HERE. Barb will guide you through the process, be sure and read some of the other entries while you’re there.

Happy beginning of the week, I hope your week is a great one for you,

~ Penny

Curiosity – The Longevity Factor!

Being Curious does make a difference in life!

Alexander Imich

“The compensation for dying is that I will
learn all the things I was not able to
learn here on earth” ~ Alexander Imich, 2014

Meet Alexander Imich. Yesterday was his birthday he’s 111 years old. Officially the oldest man in the world. He attributes his long life to his never-ending curious nature, in spite of all the adversity he has lived through. Read the excellent interview by David Luke of the Daily Grail here.

But wait a minute, as of this writing there are 65 individuals older than him. And they’re all women! Which begs the question – Are we (women) more curious than our opposite gender counterparts, or are we just better at surviving?

Something to ponder.

Hope your week started out well for you. Thank you for stopping by. A prayer of well-being for the safety and safe return to their homes to all the kidnapped girls in Africa.

~ Penny

Friday Fictioneers – The Smart Get Smarter or do they …

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“Okay I’ll bite. What’s with the ladder and the people up there?”

“Oh, well that doesn’t matter.”

“It doesn’t? They don’t?”

“No, just crazy humans being crazy again.”

“Then we’re here, why?”

“Look at those geometric formations, circle of life, ladder to infinity, triangular and linear abstracts, the patterns of biophysics. Humanity looking up to the universe”.

“Ah, I think I’ve got it. You’ve figured out your formula for longevity!”

“Yes, standing here, observing the insanity, I suddenly noticed the relationship to all the various pieces of the puzzle … It finally fell into place … mathematically!”

“Fantastic!  And who do you plan to share this secret of longevity with?”

“Them?”

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Come and join in the fun. Write a flash fiction for Friday FictioneersThank you David Stewart for the photo prompt for this week. Click on the link for all the particulars. Your gracious hostess Rochelle will guide you through the easy to follow steps!

Having a little fun this week. I think we take ourselves far too seriously some times.

For all my fellow American’s have a most excellent 4th of July (do remember why we celebrate this day) and for everyone else have a wonderful Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by,~ Penny

penny

The Mystery to Eternal Youth

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I recently completed a 5 part series, Aging Well -The Fountain of Youth. I spoke of a few items that I personally felt important to remember as we age. There was no need to discuss specifics such as diet and other like topics which abound everywhere. I attempted to cover more of the esoteric things that help our mind/body decide how it’s going to age. So to sum up:

  • AttitudeLife is 10% what happens to each of us and 90% how we respond to it! Always our choice!
  • BreathingOur bodies need (as in absolutely must have) lots of oxygen to live and be healthy, breathe in and exhale deeply at least several times a day!
  • StretchingWe, Homo sapiens are mammals with large and small muscle groups. Stretching is  necessary. The act of stretching sends a message to our brain that all parts of us are awake and ready to move!
  • ThoughtsThere is nothing truer than the words “We are what we think” – fill up your mind with positive and good thoughts about yourself and others. No this isn’t always easy but it is doable with practice.
  • LaughterLaugh as frequently and often as you can. Laughter is the very best medicine in life at any age for anything that ails you, besides it feels good!

Oh and the Mystery to Eternal Youth – one I should have included in the series:

Passion!

We must be passionate in our pursuits in life!

Coming soon, a new series called “Mastering the Art of Sensuality” (Thanks to a special person out there in blog-land who encouraged me to do this – She is greatly appreciated). To me, part of the experience of life is becoming comfortable and intimate with each of our senses.

We cannot be truly passionate about anything without the ability to connect closely to our senses (touching, seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting).

With an increased awareness of our own sensitivity (sensual nature) our ability to reach out to others, is greatly enhanced. And touching others (through words) is what I am really passionate about.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

My very best to you as always, your friend, Penny

Aging Well or the Fountain of Youth – Part 3

For the third secret of staying young we are going to the wild side. The wild side I am referring to is – Nature!  Did you think I meant something different (hmmm)? Well that’s okay too, also very good for longevity. (I’m not suggesting I knew where you were going with that comment, just saying…you know! lol)

Seriously there are several important lessons to be learned from nature. The word of the day for longevity is “S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g”. Yes, sounds like another easy one doesn’t it. But we have the same problem with stretching that we had with breathing. Today many of us are more inactive physically and for longer periods of time.

There isn’t a mammal on the planet (in the wild or otherwise) that doesn’t instinctively stretch when it gets up from a prone or still position, Immediately. They stretch the largest muscles in their body because it is the natural thing to do to losen up. To be more flexible, to be prepared, at a moment’s notice,to move quickly. They can do this because they have made their body limber by stretching.

A muscle that is used infrequently begins to atrophy.

That is to say it becomes inactive and when the brain sends a message to this stiff muscle it may respond in the moment but it will let you know the next day how badly it feels (full bore). I think we can all relate to that one.

One of the things I do faithfully when I rise in the morning is stretch, every single day.

I will also stretch again during the day prior to doing something of a more physical nature. It makes a huge difference. I do not have stiff muscles, even though I have done very few “work-outs” in the last few years due to other commitments, I do stretch and I stay limber…just in case!

If you have health issues always speak with your doctor before beginning any new physical activity. I recommend the mayo clinic’s slide show of 10 basic stretches.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/SM00043&slide=2

So there you have it my friends, if I can do this at the age of 65 (if you haven’t read them here is part 1 and part 2) than so can you. Stretching (by the way) is good for all ages and if you can’t stretch all of your body, (because of physical limitations) stretch the parts you can. Your body will thank you for it.

Have a great day and keep stretching! Penny