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For a starter, here’s a sobering food for thought on this day of reflection and soul-searching:

A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.

According to a wire story, this was handwritten in German by scientist Albert Einstein (photo) in 1922 in Tokyo where he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, given to a bellboy as a tip because he didn’t have cash.

Einstein’s “theory of happiness” fetched $1.3 million (roughly P67.3 million) at a recent auction in Jerusalem.

Here’s another Einstein quotable on a poster showing him up close with his tongue out:

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One lives all one’s life under constant tension until it is time to go for good.

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I never get tired playing and replaying the following song, especially in this season when we are overwhelmed by intimations of mortality.

Listen closely and be humbled by the song’s message:

Dust in the Wind

by Kansas

I close my eyes, only for a moment
And the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water
In an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground
Though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever

But the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money

Won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind

More thoughts to ponder on

My friend Joseph Chua (a devoted Funfare reader) contributed the following piece. He didn’t mention where he got it or who the author is.

The Secrets of Old Age

The secrets of age in six words: Before middle age, do not fear! After middle age, do not regret!

Enjoy your life while you can; do not wait until you cannot even walk just to be sorry and to regret.

As long as it is physically possible, visit places you wish to visit.

When there is an opportunity, get together with old classmates, old colleagues and old friends. The gathering is not just about eating. It’s just that there is not much time left.

Money kept in the banks may not be really yours. When it’s time to spend, just spend. Treat yourself well as you’re getting old.

Whatever you feel like eating, just eat. It is most important to be happy! Foods which are good for health, eat often and more. That’s not everything. Things which are bad for health, eat less once in a while but do not abstain from them totally.

Treat sickness with optimism. Whether you are poor or rich, everyone has to go through birth, aging, sickness and death. There is no exception. That’s life.

Do not be afraid or worried when you are sick. Settle all the outstanding issues beforehand and you will be able to leave without regret!

Let the doctors handle your body. Let God and Nature handle your life. But be in charge of your own moods.

If worries can cure your sickness, go ahead and worry! If worries can prolong your life, then go ahead and worry! If worries can exchange for happiness, then go ahead and worry!

Our kids will make their own fortune. Look after old treasures. Your old body. Pay more attention to health. You can only rely on yourself on this. Retirement funds, money that you have earned, it’s best to keep them yourself. Your old companion. Treasure every moment with your other half. One of you will leave first. Your old friends. Seize every opportunity to meet up with friends. Such opportunities will become rare as time goes by.

Things you must do every day: smile and laugh. Running water does not flow back. And so it is with life. Make it happy.

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