4/07/2008

Subtill and knottie inquisitions














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I haven't posted in a long while because I've been plagued with nausea and massive headaches. It's been hard to write or to get excited about taking photos. I did come across something the other day that broke through the veil of pain-filled disinterest and wanted to share it with you. Click on the image for my selection from Sir Francis Bacon's essay "Of Regiment of Health," written in 1597.

Lots of people have turned to much more recent self-help books like "Full Catastrophe Living" or "The Anatomy of Hope" to help them cope with chronic pain or illness, but I've found something that, though it was written over 400 years ago, speaks to this modern person who needs things to be simplified a bit.

Some key maxims for me:

"...any thing that thou shall judge hurtful, to discontinue it, by little and little."

"...avoid envie, anxious fears; anger fretting inwards; subtill and knottie inquisitions..."

"To be free-minded and cheerfully disposed, at hours of meat, and of sleep, and of exercise, is one of the best precepts of long lasting."

And finally, the sentence that has the most meaning (and poses the greatest challenge) to me during this time of much physical duress and few answers:

"Despise no new accident in your body, but ask opinion of it..."

I'm sure most of you will find something that speaks to you in Sir Francis' take on health. I thinke thou might finde a varietie of splendide contemplations in the texte, and therefore may you use it.



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