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May 26, 2008


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Many people squander their lives by focusing on the negative aspects of the world around them. Thankfully, there is CHOICE! We can train our mind to go FIRST to the positive gems that exist in almost every situation ... thereby opening the portal which reveals Clarity and Peace. We can also let old, bitter and limiting memories simply evaporate and consciously replace them with JOY!.

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The Gracious and Dignified Maurine Jones

The following story, written by Cheri Pape, appeared in the Park Cities People, a weekly publication in Dallas, Texas. Maurine's time on earth has ended, yet her wisdom lives on...

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud mother-in-law of my best friend, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

Maurine Jones is the most lovely, gracious, dignified woman that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

While I have never aspired to attain her depth of wisdom, I do pray that I will learn from her vast experience.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.

"I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room ... just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ...
IT'S HOW I ARRANGE MY MIND. I already decided to love it.

"It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up.
I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the
difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work,
or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

"Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day
and all the happy memories I've stored away, just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account ...
you withdraw from what you've put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit
a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories."

When is “too old”?

At what age do we give up? At 100, Grandma Moses was still painting, and even Titian painted “Battle of Lepants” when he was 98.

At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote Far­fetched Fables.

At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.

At 90, Pablo Picasso still drew and engraved.

At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Pablo Casals, at 88, still performed cello concerts.

At 82, Winston Churchill wrote the four-volume work, A History of the Eng­lish-Speaking Peoples, Leo Tolstoy completed I Can­not Be Silent, and Goethe, at the same age, finished Faust.

At 81, Benjamin Franklin produced the diplomacy which led to the adoption of the US Constitution.

When are you “too old”?
Only on the day when you truly have nothing left to give.

The good news is:
that day only arrives when YOU choose.

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Comfort Is Crucial

If adult life — with its downturns, losses, and setbacks — teaches us anything, it's that the need for comfort is crucial and ongoing. It's not only for the boldface crises that top the life-stress charts (illness, death, divorce), but also for life's middling traumas (your kid doesn't make it into Harvard) and minor disappointments (your best friend isn't visiting from Alaska this summer). Of course, the downturns and setbacks don't need to be our own for us to feel the loss and the need to be assuaged.

Even if you didn't know someone who was directly affected by the World Trade Center attack, it was hard not to cry watching the television coverage — seeing a tear fall down the brave, stone-faced cheek of a firefighter, watching a stalwart family member struggle for composure in the face of overwhelming, unbearable grief.

"There's nothing more important or more intimate than giving and receiving comfort," says Malka Drucker, a rabbi in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and author of White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America. "For this we need intuition, the invisible path to another's heart."

Which is better for our health and fulfillment — to give comfort or to receive it? It's well established that comfort has health benefits for those on the receiving end, but people involved in comforting professions, like nurses and nuns, have long reported a feeling of euphoria from their work. This "helpers' high" may have a basis in brain chemistry, according to recent research at the National Institutes of Health.

"When we exercise compassion, the brain releases endorphins, which blunt nerve endings and give a sense of peace and tranquility," says Stephen G. Post, PhD, professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Children as young as 2 will respond empathetically to another person's distress — kissing a whimpering friend's cheek or saying to an adult, "Don't cry." But that instinct often gets lost in the self-consciousness of adulthood. Although we still remember how to spontaneously comfort the kids in our lives with a warm hug, soothing words, a favorite toy, or a lap to hide in, with peers we often become paralyzed and uncomfortable, uncertain what to say or do, sometimes even where to look.

I once sat at a dinner table with a group of friends, when one of the women, newly divorced, said matter-of-factly that when her ex-husband left her for another woman it had felt "like a death." Another friend at the table began to sob; her husband had been killed in a car accident 15 years earlier. We all sat there, speechless and squirming, until the waiter came to take our order. The moment to say something soothing and meaningful was lost.

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While some people are intuitively gifted at saying and doing exactly the right thing at the right moment, the rest of us can learn how. "Comfort boils down to empathy and acknowledgment," says New York City-based psychotherapist Jane Greer, PhD, author of Gridlock: Finding the Courage to Move on in Love, Work and Life and How Could You Do This to Me?

Acknowledgment, in fact, is so powerful that it doesn't require the gloss of eloquence. "When someone affirms what you are feeling and conveys an understanding of your distress, their sensitivity helps you feel safe and understood," says Dr. Greer. When you offer to bring a sick friend a cup of hot soup, stop by to change the bedsheets, or send a bouquet of flowers with a warm note, you put acknowledgment into action.

Comfort that doesn't include that crucial element of acknowledgment seems emotionally tone-deaf. "It's a good thing that she didn't suffer longer," someone said when my mother died at 73 of Parkinson's disease. That might have been the appropriate response to a survivor relieved to see a loved one's suffering end, but it didn't feel comforting to me. At that moment, I felt it was horrible that she died at all.

We can be equally off-key when we hear a person's distress as an invitation to commiserate with our own tales of woe. Who isn't occasionally guilty of this? In retrospect, I could have kicked myself when I replayed in my head a conversation with a friend who called to update me about her mother's illness and I wound up telling her, at great length, about my own mother's hospitalization six years earlier. A brief mention is fine, but only if you stay focused on your friend's problem. How can we so not get it?

The problem is, how much compassion we have for others is sometimes driven by the degree of compassion we have for ourselves — and, let's face it, most of us are pretty tough on ourselves. "If you're stoic and you have a stiff upper lip, it could be hard to muster up the empathy and compassion for someone else's plight," says Dr. Greer.

That was the case with a woman I know who'd been having problems with her boss. When she told her boyfriend that she feared being fired, he said, "What's the big deal? You'll call the headhunters and find another job." He didn't stop to acknowledge her wounded self-esteem, her fear of change, or her financial concerns — that is, all the fallout that comes from your job's being imperiled.

There does tend to be a gender divide when it comes to giving — as well as receiving — comfort. According to Marianne Legato, MD, founder of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University, in New York City, men will often hunker down in solitude rather than reveal a need for comfort; they're also less skilled at soothing others: "A man will focus on solving the problem. He'll give you directions to accomplishing whatever goal he thinks you should be achieving," she says.

On the other hand, women tend to be much better at offering a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on. Women are not necessarily good, however, at allowing themselves to be comforted. Many of us have become so hyper-efficient at juggling the demands of work and family that we've lost the art of being tended to. And we feel ashamed to even need tending. "Accepting comfort is like accepting a gift, but that can stir up feelings of helplessness and vulnerability in some of us," says Dr. Greer. "We think that by saying 'I don't need it' we can make ourselves feel stronger."

Find a Hug

But we can all do better at giving and receiving comfort. Comfort is often rooted in the flesh: Just a hug or the touch of a hand causes our brains to release the chemical serotonin, which improves mood.

Remember, too, the healing power of words. The right words — whether they are spoken in our church or synagogue, or come to us via Chicken Soup for the Soul stories or public oratory — have the power to soothe the spirit and revive the heart. Just think of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani's heartfelt acknowledgment that the September 11th losses were "more than we can bear."

If you're the one in need of comfort, wisdom lies in knowing where to find it. "When things are really terrible, you need people who will affirm whatever you're feeling," says Dr. Legato. "Sit down with a friend or relative and ask if they have time to hear you discuss a problem and help you with it. You can't do it in five minutes. Make sure they have an hour or more to spend."

When there's no human to talk to — or give you a hug — a pet may do just as well. Studies have shown that pets help lower blood pressure and mitigate stress on the heart. (Picture Buddy the Labrador retriever, President Clinton's ever-present pal during the Lewinsky saga, or President George W. Bush with his little Scottie in his arms.) Animals are affectionate, allow us to snuggle with them and — in a slight improvement over spouses, children, and friends — never judge us or offer unwanted advice.

In the end, it may be that we are simply hardwired to do good. A study at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor reported that among older people, those who reported helping others — even if it was just giving emotional support to a spouse — were half as likely to die within five years as those who did not. "If comforting behavior can be linked with health and longevity, the implications are significant," says Dr. Post of Case Western. "People who live generous lives soon become aware that in the reasonable giving of self lies the discovery of self."

~By Lesley Dormen
(Lesley Dormen was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her short
stories have appeared in many literary magazines and
anthologies. She teaches fiction writing at the Writers Studio
in Greenwich Village, where she lives with her husband.)

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Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the Equator. Nestled at the heart of paradise in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda are full of natural wonders and unique attractions which will dazzle your senses. The warmth and friendliness of the people can be felt as soon as you step into this tropical paradise. The sights and sounds are just as refreshing as the crystal blue seas so take a dip and be not afraid of what wonders are in store for you! Antigua has plenty of activities and sandy beaches with unbelievable turquoise water. The coasts of Antigua are ideal for yacht cruising and racing, with constant trade-winds, and many harbors for exploration. Easily a week could be spent cruising around this picturesque island of the Caribbean.

Antigua, the larger of the two islands, is heart-shaped with abundant harbors, bays, coves and barrier reefs. Vegetation is mainly grass and scrub. In Antigua's capital, St. John's, you can visit two 19th century cathedrals, St. John's Cathedral and St. Peter's Church, and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. The ruins from about a hundred stone windmills serve as a reminder of Antigua's history as a major sugar producer. The oldest major plantation, Betty's Hope, hosts two restored windmills and a museum in tribute to the sugar industry. Apart from its interesting history, shopping, gourmet dining, and other activities enhance Antigua's environment. Curries, fish, barbecued chicken, and Italian food appeal to a wide range of personal tastes. Approximately three hundred beaches provide opportunities for sunbathing, solitude, or water sports

On the southern side of Antigua, Nelson's Dockyard serves English Harbor, the 18th-Century headquarters for the British fleet. In the present day, the harbor attracts sailboats, recreational yachts, and racing boats. If you are really in the mood for a strenuous walk, park your vehicle at Clarence House and hike to Shirley Heights. Clarence House was built for the Duke of Clarence, the future King William IV who served under Nelson as a captain. Or climb to Shirley Heights via the Lookout Trail, a nature trail through the forest that originates at English Harbor. After your climb to the ridge of hills, you'll understand why the fortification was never in much danger of being taken. You can also walk several side roads and area paths. The restored garrison at Shirley Heights has a rambling array of gun emplacements and military buildings and is best known for the absolutely breathtaking prospect that it offers. From the Heights one can look far out over English Harbor, and on Sunday afternoons the view is accompanied by barbecue, rum punch, and the melodic strains of steel band and reggae music. The site is named for General Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands when the area was fortified in the late eighteenth century. Close by is the cemetery, in which stands an obelisk erected in honor of the soldiers of the 54th regiment.

For even longer beaches or a look at the rare frigate bird, take a flight twenty-eight miles north to Barbuda. The shell-laden beaches here on the Caribbean side have pale pink sand. There is no public transportation, so flying in from Antigua on a day trip, which includes tour, beach, and lunch, may be the best way to see the island. Highlights include Highland House, sugar baron Sir Christopher Codrington's historic manor, and frigate bird nesting sights at the frigate bird sanctuary. The exclusive K-Club and Coco Point Lodge resorts are located on the southern tip of the island. Barbuda is one of those very few islands in the Caribbean that remains — and probably will remain for some time — so undeveloped as to seem positively deserted at times. With the exception of the guests of the island's small number of accommodations, the population primarily consists of the graceful Fregata Magnificens, or frigate bird.

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Saburo Shochi discusses his plans for a round-the-world trip during a news conference in Fukuoka, Japan in April, 2008.

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Dr. Shochi leads a baton exercise and “Kurodabushi” fan dance at a Community Center in Santa Monica, CA in 2006.

FUKUOKA, Japan, April 10, 2008 — The last thing on a 101-year-old Fukuoka scholar's mind is retiring. Saburo Shochi, a professor emeritus at Fukuoka University, has announced plans to embark on a round-the-world trip to give lectures in 11 countries on early education for children, as well as share the secrets of his longevity. He will turn 102 on the trip, which will be his fourth overseas in the past four years. "My doctor has given me an official go-ahead for the trip. I'd like to speak about the necessity of education of the heart that does not rely on school systems." Dr. Shochi plans to visit universities and education ministries in all 11 countries, which include the United States, Brazil, Senegal and Turkey, from Aug. 4 to Sept. 12, 2008. As a lifelong educator and specialist in early-childhood education and care for disabled children, Dr. Shochi has enjoyed a long and varied career both in his native Japan and on an international stage. In 1954 he sold his family property in Fukuoka and opened the first school for physically and mentally challenged children in Japan – “Shiinomi Gakuen”. "Love is the power to keep us alive. This school is like a small tree. With enough sun and water, it will grow into a big tree someday, somehow,” explains Dr. Shochi. He is a celebrated national advocate for improving special education facilities for disabled children. In the rapidly aging society of Japan, Dr. Shochi has also been seen as a role model for socially engaged elderly activists. When he retired from teaching at a university in Fukuoka at the age of 63, Dr. Shochi was appointed President of a university in Korea and began developing special education facilities for disabled Korean children. He started studying the Korean language at age 64. Thirty years later, he was invited to China to create similar schools for disabled Chinese children. From the age of 80, he nursed his two sons who suffered from cerebral palsy and his wife who suffered from Parkinson’s disease. When they died during Dr. Shochi’s 95th year, he suddenly felt free to devote his extraordinary energies to the care of others.

Dr. Saburo Shochi, who has doctorate degrees in medicine, literature and education, believes in educating next generations with love and patience. "It is important to have a kind heart even though you got poor grades,” Shochi said. The speech was a part of his global tour in 2004 to promote his theories that quality education should be based on sincere attitude, imagination and creation. In addition to his expertise in education, Shochi’s age was also another highlight during the speech because he looks like a senior citizen between 70 to 80. "My mom always reminded me that when eating, always chew for at least 30 times before you swallow, because chewing would help stimulate your brain, aid digestion and reduce wrinkles on your face. Also, continuing to learn is one of my secrets to keep me young.” Shochi said that he began to learn Mandarin at the age of 95 and he kept diary in Chinese every day. Seven years later, he is able to conduct basic conversations in Mandarin. Shochi added that he is currently learning Russian and Portuguese. (Read a full profile of Dr. Saburo Shochi HERE.)

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