Chapter 26 Health

It is good to wish people good health. Without good health, life is miserable and cannot be lived fully. I pray every day for good health, strength and joy.

But I do not like to hear people talk about their health, giving details of medical treatment and even of diagnosis. The older people are more inclined to talk about their pains and physical debilities. It does not help. It is better to try and live more healthily, through physical exercise and better diet, to develop our immune system.

I recall my father. He never consulted a doctor or took medicine. He said that the remedy for all was a glass of hot whiskey or brandy- if you could afford it! My mother was the opposite, as she was always consulting doctors, to whom she felt she owed her life. This was why she wanted me to be a medical doctor! But since they were called to their reward fifty years ago, medical practice has greatly developed and so have the pharmaceuticals multiplied that so many people take.

As for the history of my health, I was usually a weak and sickly boy. For example I was kept in bed for a whole years when at primary three level, because of heart trouble. I was always thin, with a yellow complexion. I suffered from migraine until the age of 23! At school, I was usually excused from physical education and rarely played ball games.

It was an old priest, Fr. E.Bourke, who drove a car and played tennis when he was 82 years of age, who convinced me that I should do daily physical exercise. I took up jogging from 1966 to 2004. I would have been better off practicing Tai Chi exercises, but lacked the mental concentration!

I like to brag that I never see a doctor or take any medicines, and it is true to a large extent. Since 1997, I have had the fortunate privilege of the Past Students’ provision of medical check ups.

For the last six years, I have had low levels of energy in the summer. It could be traced to the lack of stimulus of the energetic students who are not in class to energize me. The summer of 2005 saw me reach a level of low level energy, which indicated I was coming to the end of my life. This alerted me that if I was to write up my life, that I better do it as quickly as possible. Then with the help of Nadia Chan, I have put myself to write something of my life. I have in mind teachers who know me, the parents of students I teach, and the past students who must number more than a thousand. I hope they could learn how to live better by knowing me more clearly.

I always wanted to live a simple life, with ordinary food. I became a vegetarian late in life, partly as a contribution to the environment and partly for health reasons.

A contented life, without worries and tension, is the best background for a healthy life. To this must be added deliberate physical exercise, since we walk so little and have so little physical exertion.

Finally, to fit in with my temperament, I claim that laughter is the best medicine. (552)

第二十六章 所讀、所看、所聽


究竟我的閱讀習慣是甚麼呢? 我閱讀的書並不多,我永遠不買書,我在學校和念大學時,我是閱讀聽課時寫的筆記,和老師教的筆記,而且到處都是圖書館。




過去四十年每星期令我花上六、七小時閱讀的,是從倫敦來的 The Tablet,這是一本周刊,內容有嚴肅的天主教消息,和思想,屬靈的寫作,時事的評論,如書評和一文獻記錄性文章。

至於觀看節目方面,我盡量避免看電視,我不看電視新聞,但我每星期花三至四小時看頭條新聞(Newsline)、明珠台新聞檔案(Pearl Report)和看一些環保節目。 互聯網開拓了一個巨大的知識領域,互聯網也走進我的生活,我每天上網一小時,我自小便聽收音機,聽收音機是我生活中重要一部份,我小學便聽英國廣播電台。我規定自己每天聽一小時宗教節目和環保有關的節目。