Everyone seems to have their own ideas on ‘what’s the secret to a long life’.
For example, 105-year-old Clare says ‘No Sex is secret to longevity’. That might have worked for her, but most people would be thinking ‘what’s the fun in that’. Long life, no sex – no thanks.
Meanwhile, a 113 Japanese man suggests that the ‘the key to long life is abstaining from alcohol’.
But for those of us who aren’t so keen on these ways of ensuring a long, long life, meet Li Ching-Yun. Not only did he believe in sex (he had 23 wives) but also lived on rice and wine. All this, and he lived, according to various reports, to the ripe old age of 256! Now that’s what I call longevity.
Li Ching-Yun’s secret to longevity…
“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”
In other words, maintaining inward calm and peace of mind. Sounds like great advice.
Of course, he lived in an entirely different time (18-20th century) when life was slower and less complicated – a wireless society where finding peace and quiet was much easier.
Still, maintaining inward calm and peace of mind wouldn’t be such a bad thing to aim for this holiday season.