Gratitude from A to Z: Health

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I am grateful for my health. Health is something that I take for granted but I am fortunate to have not experienced any major health issues so far in my life. 

I know that my health will not last forever. Old age can be a poor reward for a life well lived but I know that some pain and suffering is inevitable in passing from this life. I trust that when my time comes to face the inevitable suffering that will come with dying that I am able to face it stoically and appreciate the fact that it is the price we pay for the gift of life. 

While I can in no way fully appreciate the struggles they face, I admire those who face adversity on a daily basis as the result of disability or chronic illness. Life, while fragile, is also amazingly resilient.

 

2 comments

  • Krys

    Krys St Marys

    Lots of things these days make me think of health in relation to the end of life but I watch a lot of friends and relatives whose lives are not threatened by age or health issues but who nonetheless suffer. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy life. We never know how we will face our death or even loss of health, but I think the former would be easier. On the other hand I have watched some people face truly horrible health issues with humour and style and an unrelenting interest in others' well-being. That strength is one I would aspire to, but not have much faith in acquiring. There is some hope that loss of faculties and abilities will be so gradual that they can be accommodated without much effort. In the meantime, I revel in the fact that I can still find places to exercise what is still left! A saltwater pool is an amazing environment with my increasing buoyancy!

    Lots of things these days make me think of health in relation to the end of life but I watch a lot of friends and relatives whose lives are not threatened by age or health issues but who nonetheless suffer. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy life. We never know how we will face our death or even loss of health, but I think the former would be easier. On the other hand I have watched some people face truly horrible health issues with humour and style and an unrelenting interest in others' well-being. That strength is one I would aspire to, but not have much faith in acquiring. There is some hope that loss of faculties and abilities will be so gradual that they can be accommodated without much effort. In the meantime, I revel in the fact that I can still find places to exercise what is still left! A saltwater pool is an amazing environment with my increasing buoyancy!

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    Exercise is key to try to optimize health and longevity - I'm trying to walk and do some yoga everyday.

    Exercise is key to try to optimize health and longevity - I'm trying to walk and do some yoga everyday.

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