Getting Older Means Getting Better

Getting Older Means Getting Better

By the time I was nineteen, I had noticed that some old people had skin that looked like dried fruit while others had supple, healthy complexions.

It made me wonder why and I decided to find out.

About that time, I was a real fan of all things eastern and carried a copy of Tao Te Ching in my rear jeans pocket. The original paperback version I bought was a translation by Witter Bynner, The Way of Life, according to Lao Tzu (1944). The one I bought in 1971 was a white paperback that fit nicely in my jeans.

Subsequently the cover has been redesigned and newer versions are actually larger and do not fit in my pocket anymore.

Book CoverI found an image of the original cover online – which brings back warm memories, by the way.

More about Witter Bynner here if you’re interested.

Interesting guy…

The connection to the title and this book is that I must have read it at least 50 times over many years.

Much of the Taoist philosophy appealed to me because of the purity of reason and practical application of intelligent thinking to daily lifestyle. Questions of leadership and integrity and how to live a balanced and complete life.

It led me to a further study of Chinese thinking and a study of the Chinese approach to health. I learned that longevity was a worthy goal and decided to make it one of mine. The old Taoists believed that if you could live long enough, you could get more done and had a better chance of accomplishing spiritual awareness and wisdom.

I also liked the fact that the priests and learned people practiced martial arts for health and longevity – as well as meditation practise, a healthy diet and herbs.

Later in life I read the Trilogy – The Chronicles of the Tao, by Deng Ming Dao (originally published as three separate books). It describes the life and training of a ‘scholarly warrior’. Fabulous series, by the way, which I read 3 times.

Anyway, the Chinese admire age and longevity. The more I thought about it so did I.

In the US and in western culture overall, it’s generally accepted thinking that we’re over the hill by 60.

This was never an acceptable premise to me. My intention is to live a very long time and be extremely healthy doing it.

There are lots of ways to establish long range health.

What’s interesting is that western science is developing a new understanding of so many things as technology improves the research – including:

  • nano technology to create silica hydride and microclustered water molecules
  • micronutrient programs that provide far better nutrition through superior cellular delivery systems
  • methods of balancing the mind through hemispherical synchronization

Plus when you throw in a few of the old basics like drinking lots of water, meditation and qigong practise, herbs, cellular and organ detox programs and natural, organic food, it all works better.

Combining the new technology with what I refer to as the old ‘organic technology’, we actually have more opportunities than ever before to be healthy.

Over the years, I have met people who have adopted these practices throughout their lives and it’s amazing to me how vital, vibrant and strong they are.

I was a guest one time at a Chinese Gung Fu Master’s 60th birthday party. My qigong teacher and I sat at the table next to his, at the front of the room, with his family. The interesting part of this event to me, something that I had not experienced prior, was that it was a celebration for achieving a pinnacle point in a man’s life where he finally had it together.

It was clear that 60 was a time that marked a point of transition and accomplishment where since he had it figured out, he could “really” start living his life. It struck me how vastly this perspective differs from Western thought in general as well as how much I had grown to agree with it over the years.

When I see myself as an old man, I am physically and mentally strong, alert, and active. I do not see myself in a wheelchair with a catheter in my arm. I see myself dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, traveling the world, speaking to thousands of people, publishing books, teaching, mastering cuisine, flying airplanes and generally having a blast.

What’s your vision of yourself at 70, 80 and beyond?

What’s your plan for getting there? People always talk about planning for retirement but rarely talk about planning for an incredibly active old age. They talk about retirement in the context of settling down and ‘taking it easy’ before they wear out all the way.

I’m going out with passion and living every moment with gusto. What about you?

Why live to be old and degenerate?

Why not live to be old and ‘regenerate’?

It’s all up to you. Health is a choice not an accident.

This is the foundation of a website that will be developed this year and the focus of this blog.

That’s it for now.

Atlanta, GA

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