Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The secret of staying young is to live honestly,
eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Lucille Ball, actress, comedienne, businesswoman;
she died on this date, 1989, age 77
I eat fairly slowly. Mostly because of being in the Order of the Holy Cross. When I was a novice, I seem to remember that we whizzed through our (silent) meals just gobbling food. After I left West Park, I slowed down, and began to savour meals. I recommend it. Especially when you are out at a great eatery ….. alone or with others!
I have no desire to lie about my age. 65 has been hard come by. And “staying young” has nothing to do with chronology. But hey, go ahead and lie about your age if you want to!
I’m with Ms. Ball ~ and I spent a lot of time watching her zaniness in my youth! ~ about Living Honestly. Few things I have found more draining in Life than dishonesty, with others or with oneself. Dishonesty is a heavy burden, and it makes you quickly old before your time. I feel young when I have a clear conscience and am living in Reality. Pardon me if I sound hopelessly old fashioned when I say that honesty is one of the best tonics!
“Staying young” has little to do with the body, or one’s looks. It’s Honesty’s gift to the heart and spirit. Remember the movie “Harold and Maude”? Harold, in his teens, was a reflection of the 80 year old honest – and wise - Maude’s heart.