Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
By Jesse Anson Dawn
Jesse Anson Dawn, author of the national award-winning book, Never “Old”, plus The Rejuvenator’s Bible, speaks out about a most stirring subject: how to counteract the unwanted effects of “aging.”
Presently answering the question: How do you feel about the prevailing cliche which instructs us to: “Act our age?”
“Oh, for goodness sakes, act your age,” you’ve probably heard someone say in a disgusted tone, a slur which may have its place when directed at a naughty child. Maybe your mother told you this, or maybe you heard it in school. Or maybe it was in the military (as in army “basic training”—where I was told to “act like a man” by doing such things as faking a temper tantrum while pointing a bayonetted rifle at make-believe enemies while screaming “kill-kill-kill!” like a brain-damaged badger.
And if such delinquent folly is “acting one’s age” in the man-as-mean-brat military game, then that explains why I never made a “rank” beyond a one-striped private. But if “ranked” for happiness, then I reckon I became a delirious general when my two-year draft-hitch ended, and I was flown home from Vietnam a free man—surely the happiest flight of my life.
All of which reminds me of a concept which is crucially rejuvenating—the elusive and consistently misinterpreted concept of:
Freedom as Power
“Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can UNLEASH,” said the author and famous business leader Harriet Rubin. And Rubin’s brilliant statement calls to mind a cartoon, a sketch depicting a group of businessmen drawn to look and dress exactly alike as they sit around a boardroom table, all of them wearing the same suits and ties and even the very same haircuts. When one of them says: “How will this cloning thing affect those of us in corporate America?” And the boss, sitting at the head of the table (an exact duplicate of the others even down to his facial expression) leans forward to say: “Don’t worry. We’re prepared.” And are they ever.
All of which reminds me of the hilarious cartoon depicting two women at a funeral standing over an open coffin, and when eyeing the deceased man inside the box, one of the ladies proclaims: “Well, it’s good to see him finally acting his age.”
Indeed. But surely one of the most decadent aspects of the clone-making, “acting-your-age” syndrome comes about via the ever-present media, whereby we get inadvertently addicted to:
Blues as the “News”
Whether or not we witness people being wounded or killed by way of movies or newsreels, or see it by way of the severely traumatizing effects of direct, first-hand horror, the influence of either scenario is hardly trivial. But it seems people have always had to deal with a certain amount of bad news, and yet surely not EVERYday like now, whereby the saying “no news is good news” has been replaced by “no news is impossible.” As more and more it’s bad news that becomes a part of daily “modern” life. And after decades of watching the mental/spiritual manifestations of the daily horror stories being paraded in front of us, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s actually movies about death, or death showing movies.
According to the people we call “Indians,” the worst news they ever got was imported by gun-wielding men claiming to “discover” them — a “discovery” instigated by an aggressive invader who native Americans came to refer to as Christopher “Come-BossUs” (Columbus). And it was ComebossUs and Company who insisted that Indians should stop their “crazy” singing and dancing, and instead get accustomed to slavery and bad news on a daily basis, whereby they could appropriately begin to “act their age.”
But despite how massively the BNB (Bad News Business) has caught on as an attention-getting, media-invading device, I’m convinced that avoiding bad news as much as possible is good, for the time has surely come when more healthfully creative ways to “kill time” should be developed. Especially since the Bad New Business has become so adept at type-casting “old” people as being grumpy, news-damaged fuddy-duddies instead of energetically happy.
The way that I overcome the rat-tat-tat of bad news and its related diseases is by trying to have a sense of humor about the BNB through my songs and writing, as with this freshly baked little ditty (soon to be released as part of my latest CD—Revelations Everywhere) — a poem within a song which goes something like this:
I’m NOT Going There
I rarely drink booze or watch the news, for one gives me wrinkles, and the other the blues,
And I avoid at all cost the surgeon’s blade, for my mind is my healer, in a body self-made,
No, you won’t find me in a hospital bed, unless I’m dragged in there and just about dead—
for I don’t bow to ills or chemical injections, not hooked by the whim of uncaring inspections—
for a merry heart and mind are my cure-alls, knowing “oldness” rises when your spirit falls, spirit RISING, unfuddy-duddied, now that’s my style,
Not numb from the numbers, not going screenile,
No envy to dishearten or dry up my bones, while I’m learning and singing with musical tones, as I chant away the haze that blocks my will to see, as I resonate my cells and let the REAL me be, in this home of the brave and land of the free, my YOUthtorch held high, SHARING my liberty...
For the whole self-renewal story, Jesse Dawn’s (Pulitzer Prize nominated) 258-page book, Never “Old”, can be received free of charge by purchasing his new book, “The Rejuvenator’s Bible: Working Ways to Create Perpetual Youth Naturally” (237 pages) for the retail price of $15. To receive both books for the price of one, call World Changing Books at (800) 736-3922 and order with Visa or MC, or send a check payable to World Changing Books, POB 5491, Hilo, HI 96720. ($15 includes books, plus free 1st class postage) Order by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Also check out www.angelfire.com/hi4/jessedawn
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