Wednesday, 5 March 2014

social life of genes

 “Your experiences today will influence the molecular composition of your body for the next two to three months,” he tells his audience, “or, perhaps, for the rest of your life. Plan your day accordingly.”


Anonymous said...

Hello there, I just clicked over from Janet's blog where we (you and I) were commenting on our immigrant parents. I've been reading your most recent posts and find them very succinct.

Your "Morning Face" parallels my thoughts on aging: It is interesting to see how I am changing as I get older, both physically and mentally.

I have almost all of Miyazaki's work. My daughter grew up watching his films. I appreciate his focus on strong girls, social and environmental issues.

Your minimal wardrobe looks like mine. There is no hassle getting dressed every day and I like and wear everything I have.

Finally, your most recent entry should be my daily mantra. When things irritate me I need to regroup and relax!

Yuko Jones said...

This is interesting. Even though we sometimes have no control over what we experience, we have full control over how we react to and feel about the experience. I will have to remember this quote :)

Gam Kau said...

"This is one of my goals: not to be a burden to my only child later on. This involves, well, a lot: taking care of my health now, having documents in order (Wills, list of account passwords, etc…), keeping belongings decluttered, saving as much as I can for retirement and for an inheritance for her, and so on."

Anon, your comment on the Gardener's Cottage blog really surprised me because I find many people don't think that way. It seems we're all in denial about death. Whether refusing to think about physical signs of aging, or denying how important it is to be fiscally prudent, we just don't want to accept it. We're going to die! All of us. I swear that the majority of things we do to occupy our minds and bodies are just a way of keeping ourselves busy enough so we don't have to consider our own mortality. Okay, some call me morbid, but I call it practical!
Anyway, I'm happy you moseyed on over here; you sound like kindred soul. :)

Gam Kau said...

Yuko, I found the article fascinating. The idea our subjective experiences have such a physical influence on our bodies is profound and a bit scary too.

Shelley said...

Haven't read (or heard of) this book but it's an interesting idea. I would have thought, though, that if we had control over our responses (and I think we can to some extent if we practice), then even if we didn't respond in the best way the first time, we might do better the next and thus change the consequences after all.

I agree that death is something that must be faced if only to enhance life, knowing it is finite. We have wills but haven't planned our funerals, which I found useful that my Mom had planned hers for me. As to un-cluttering, I follow your thought, but I still enjoy my stuff and I plan to life my life for myself. I only have step-children, perhaps I would view an only child (being one) differently.

Gam Kau said...

"death is something that must be faced if only to enhance life, knowing it is finite"

Yes, that's just how I feel Shelley. It seems like we shy away from the topic, but it is reality and perhaps being open about the subject is enough to help us not waste away precious time. I haven't made funeral plans, but have been quite clear to my children to just keep it cheap and simple; a cardboard box is fine with me.
It's true, hopefully we can respond a bit to experiences as we grow older and maybe change our biology for the better. It's a very strange idea, but interesting to me.