In an interview on his 115th birthday, Mr Kimura said he was not sure why he was able to live so long. “Maybe it’s all thanks to the sun above me,” he said. “I am always looking up towards the sky, that is how I am.”
See interview with Mr. Kimura.
The will to live waxes and wanes especially in the face of chronic pain. In such circumstances it is not so easy to remember where the sky is. However it is always there even when obscured by clouds. The sun is there also, adding brightness to the whole scene.
My looking up and your looking up helps others more than we ever realize. Several of us visited an elderly sangha member last afternoon. This post is for her, with love.
Thanks to Julius for this link.