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


我常常說閱讀是精神和心靈的糧食,我提醒學生小心他們所看的漫畫,報紙,書本,當然還有網站,如果吃了污染的食物,結果會損害健康,同樣,看暴力,不雅()和壞的刊物對精神心靈有損害。


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。

老實說,我覺得閱讀阻礙我去幫助別人,和做一些更重要的活動。


我大概每天花一少時,準備彌撒內容的經文,和神父每日祈禱的書,每週最多花二十分鐘,看南華早報,我會讀老師和神父需要閱讀的書,花上一個小時左右。


我發覺我讀一些深奧的書時,是令生活更沮喪,我還是喜歡讀神父學和哲學的書和文章,讀與自己程度相當的書,而不是讀自己能力不逮的書,這點很重要。我不能否認每年我讀三至四本書,因我必需要讀,或發現我為工作需要而讀,我寧願讀虔誠的祈禱文學。


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。


你從一個人,所認識的朋友,而認識這個人,告訴我有關你有關你的朋友,我便會知道有關你。同樣,書本是你沉默的朋友,也許我也應將電影、錄影,與上網加上大部份人的朋友名單上,我很小心花我的時間在他們身上,更警「惕」他們對我的影響。


如果你「所讀」選擇得好,「所看」選擇得好,「所聽」選擇得好,實際上,你是得到恩賜。我有可信賴的朋友,同樣我在所讀的書,所看的媒體,所聽的節目中,也有可「信賴的朋友」。