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To Live Longer, Healthier, and Happier Be More Like a Tortoise

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Eddie_T1 day"I fear advances that keep people alive artificially, in pain, and unable to think clearly or move. “ Yes, this is the worst of all outcomes....to be alive, but useless, demented, and dependent. For me, avoiding this is far more important than how many days I get to breathe and walk the earth. One of these days I’m going to write a book about all the lessons I’ve learned from my dogs. There are many, but one of the most remarkable ones is the way they handle death. They often live very active lives right up until they finally experience major organ failure.....enjoyng a five mile run just a week before death.....not exhibiting symptoms or complaining about anything, and then they just pass...... in a day or two. I also admired the way my father handled death. He knew it was

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"I fear advances that keep people alive artificially, in pain, and unable to think clearly or move. “

Yes, this is the worst of all outcomes....to be alive, but useless, demented, and dependent.

For me, avoiding this is far more important than how many days I get to breathe and walk the earth.

One of these days I’m going to write a book about all the lessons I’ve learned from my dogs. There are many, but one of the most remarkable ones is the way they handle death.

They often live very active lives right up until they finally experience major organ failure.....enjoyng a five mile run just a week before death.....not exhibiting symptoms or complaining about anything, and then they just pass...... in a day or two.

I also admired the way my father handled death. He knew it was coming, but he held on until the very last of all his responsibilities were met. The last thing he did was to drive some hours to see my newborn son, his first grandson. I had no idea he was so close to passing......he literally drove from here back home and immediately checked in to the hospital, where he passed in a few days time.

Mish, you’re on the right track with your hikes. Good for your body and good for your mind, to keep finding new places to see and experience. I have another friend who retired a couple of years ago, and has hiked all the major trails in New England since she quit work. I admire that.

Although I am not a religious person, I believe death is part of our karma, and that the day of our passing is written from before the beginning of this incarnation we call our “life”.

I’ve always had this feeling that I would live to be a very old man and get the opportunity to look at human existence from that perspective, as someone who witnessed the history of these times, learned some lessons, and hopefully gained some wisdom about life and love.....

My experience is that we live lives that are often very boring in this time and place we live in today, in spite of all our material advantages. It is the days of great joy and also the days of great sadness that I remember and carry with me in my heart.

I was recently asked to perform another marriage ceremony (my second) which will be coming up in a few months. If you get a chance to do that, I recommend it.

Mike Shedlock
Mike Shedlock (Mish) is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management (http://www.sitkapacific.com/). Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.

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