Re: When is long enough to long?
Glad to see a revival of this thread...
Speaking as a geriatric-in-training, I must say that I have observed that the spirit and the mind can, for quite a while, convince the body to do things it doesn't want to do. But eventually, the body loses its tolerance for such nonsense, and begins at first to protest, and finally to rebel. Such is the way of things, although every culture has its myths, legends, and even bona fide exceptions.
For all his training and spiritual enlightenment, even O'Sensei lived but for what would be considered a normal lifespan. It is true that his life was full to the last, and perhaps that is the real lesson... Make the best of the time you have, and when it's up, move bravely and without regrets into what awaits.