ImageAlbert Schweitzer  (14 January 1875 – 4 September 1965) the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was a physician, theologian, organist, philosopher and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his interpretive life of Jesus. He was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, at that time part of the German Empire.  The quote which was the subject of my last post is attributed to him.  Coincidentally, my father who used this quote as his maxim in later years was also a German Lutheran.  Remarkable that Jean Paul Sartre, another world renown philosopher, was his cousin on his mother’s side.   In researching the source of this quote, I discovered that my mother unknowingly abided by another Schweitzerism:  “Never say there is nothing beautiful…there is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.”   She looked and found beauty everywhere she went, in every face and in every day she felt gratitude for something that occurred.

 

Happiness is go…

Happiness is good health and a short memory. -Dad, aka George Wendel Heineman

I love this quote of my father.  Not sure  if he made it up, but it is a daughter’s right to attribute in the absence of evidence to the contrary.  At the time, I had no idea what the heck he meant.  It sounded like nonsense.   He actually did have a short memory but he did not have good health in his last few years after a car accident led to a series of internal injuries and his ultimate demise.    Before the accident, his whole life he had the ability to propel himself through any kind of hell on earth and hit the ground running.   And now I get it.  His words inspire me to  focus on the present, by having a short memory for my blood glucose level.  And not beat myself up about all the past “bad” blood glucose memories that stand out among the thousands of “good” ones.   Staying healthy is what makes me happy first and foremost.   The rest takes care of itself.    Thanks Dad!