The secret to longevity is that there is no secret. Guinness Book of World Records recently recognized the world’s oldest man, Israel Kristal, and bestowed upon him a certificate. The board authenticated his age, at 112. What an incredible achievement! Mr. Kristal survived two world wars and experienced countless life shattering losses. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering that Mr. Kristal has endured in his 112 years, but also the joys that he must have witnessed. Mr. Kristal explained that in his experience, there is no trick to life.
In an interview with The New York Times, the world’s oldest man imparted this wisdom: “There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive,” he added. “All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”
Although his words may seem bleak, they are also encouraging. These words were uttered from a man who has experienced immeasurable loss, has seen the value of others beyond himself, and has maintained an unwavering desire to live and to continue living. Mr. Kristal lost his entire family twice. First his mother and father passed away when he was a young man, then his first wife and children. And yet, through all of this grief, he kept going. He married again and had a full life as a successful candy maker. When continually prodded to know what his tips for living were, he suggested moderation, and to just keep going.
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