Some of you might have seen this on the computer. A 116 year old woman, when asked what advise she would give to live a long life, said "Get plenty of sleep, eat well, take naps when you are tired and learn to relax." Good words from a 116 year old.
Ok, you might be 24/7 on making the money, or have to throw yourself in front of a bus to save a child, or are worried all the time about real worries, or give all your days and energy to an idea and seeing it through. Maybe you were set up to be a sacrifice, and sacrifice yourself for the wrong cause. Perhaps you are called to risk it all on a dare, or face a moment of truth that risks your life. You might be up all night refining unsuccessfully that poetic phrase, or worry all night that you should be. True, there are other ways to live and end this life. I recall the saying 'only the good die young.'
Still, in the back of our minds, this lady's words should have a place. We can see the truth of where she has arrived and admire the simplicity even if we are not there. Somehow, sometime, these words fit whether we are called to follow them or not.