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The Wooden Bowl

The Wooden Bowl

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Published by Nicole Johnson
You can learn life lessons from old people.
You can learn life lessons from old people.

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Published by: Nicole Johnson on Jul 25, 2009
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The Wooden BowlThere are a few areas on earth, called blue zones, where people manage to reach their 100th birthday and older whilst remaining active and productive members of society. Not only are these old people healthy, they are happy too. Comparison of the way of life in these different regions produced a short list of common denominators.·Diets consist mostly of locally grown fresh produce.·The communities have a social/emotional/spiritual support system.·There is no such thing as retirement. People continue into old age, doing whatgives them a reason to get up in the morning.·Exercise entails daily physical effort like gardening, long walks and routineexercises.Sounds familiar, doesn’t it! Haven’t you heard gurus and health practitioners saying just that? Unfortunately the rushed and highly stressful lives we live, goes againsteverything that is proven to improve our quality of life. Why is it so important to us tochase after worldly goods at the expense of what is truly important in life. Growingold is an inevitable life process. We come into this world crying and if we are blessed by a life well lived go out laughing. To illustrate a point I retell a story about a frail old man who went to live with his son,daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, hiseyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. When the family ate together at the tablethe elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peasrolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on thetablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. 'We must dosomething about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisyeating, and food on the floor.'So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alonewhile the rest of the family enjoyed dinner together. Since Grandfather had broken adish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in hiseye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharpadmonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.The four-year-old watched it all in silence.One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on thefloor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boyresponded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in whenI grow up. ' The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started tostream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must bedone.That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to thefamily table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for 

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