I think it was Robert Burns who wrote the poem, To a Louse, in which he said, “oh what good ere would do us to see ourselves as others see us.”
It was a statement prompted by a time he was sitting in church behind a local high society woman, decked out in her jewels, finery, and furs. A woman with a reputation for being so above the fray with reference to her high and mighty attitude toward others. What he noticed was that there were lice crawling around in the furs draped around her neck, which motivated him to write the poem.
After writing the blog “The French Connection,” I sent copies to several friends for feedback before entering the blogosphere. The thrust of my article was to bring attention to longevity by mentioning the wine compound resveratrol . One friend bought a bottle of wine and e-mailed me about the difficulty she had removing the cork. Another wrote about unpleasant experiences while visiting France.
It was interesting to me how we view the same things so differently.
Then I was surprised last evening when I happened to click on the Barbara Walters’ special about living to be 100 and beyond, which mentioned the effects of the wine compound resveratrol and the research and experiments going on relative to that particular substance.
Especially interesting to me were the statistics on the number of people now living to be 100 and beyond…called centenarians. It seems there’s a large number of centenarians already…much to my surprise. However, as I recall, it was Methuselah that lived to be 900, or somewhere around that.
I come from a long family line of relatives who lived into their nineties. When I was younger, it seemed such a long time to live, but seems quite normal now that I’m in that upper bracket. No one seems to have any precise formula for a long life, but apparently, what we eat and drink in addition to what we think and feel, are all contributing factors.
When some look at a doughnut, they see a delectable, mouth watering desirable food to eat, while others see a hole in a round piece of cooked dough. Both are correct, but the difference is attitude.
Not much supersedes an attitude of gratitude for all the things we have in this wonderful life. And frequently, adversities are blessings in disguise. Until recently, I never considered living beyond stages in life I did not know how to spell.
Live life, every golden moment of it. And drink wine, every golden drop of it!
Let Freedom Ring!