Friday, 3 November 2017
Good Health - Sundays 5)
Either there were five Sundays in this month or we just forgot to stop celebrating!
The Greeks, and probably every culture, has a saying ' if you have good health, you have everything'
The Greek family sees this as a fundamental of a good life. Money can't buy good health. Money can't buy happiness.
With good health though, anything is possible.
At celebratory church services we send along a loaf, or loaves, of bread to be blessed along with a list of the names of all family members (including mine) whose names are read out by the Priest 'peri ygeias' for continued good health.
My youngest grandson has a problem with his kidneys, one we hope will improve as he gets older. When he was first diagnosed his parents held a church service for his good health. I made the five sweet loaves as an offering, They were the best I have ever baked. Lots of love was put into the kneading and baking of them ! The service was attended by extended families on both sides in a little church at the beach.
Our neighbours recently held a service to give thanks for a doctor's report showing five years clear of cancer for their son-in-law.
On this 5th Sunday we held a family gathering to celebrate the favourable end to a short bout of illness, some successful surgery and the robust constitution of our most important family patriarch. Just the immediate family this time.
On our back verandah.
Food for every taste, all cooked without salt so youngest grandson can eat with the rest of us. That's him with his mouth around a homemade souvlaki and pita bread. Looks to be blooming with health don't you think!
Good Health to You All
Hippocrates Father of Medicine
- A wise man ought to recognise that health is his most valuable possession
- Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.
-Our food should be our medicine, our medicine our food
- Walking is man's best medicine