“What is life? Life is an allotment of time. How we use that time is up to us.”
So said Dr. Shigeaki Hinoharu, a medical practitioner and much-loved speaker, who passed away July 18 at the age of 105. Dr. Hinoharu was still treating patients after his hundredth birthday. As a speaker, his audiences included children as well as adults of all ages. It is fair to say he was a living example of everything he taught about how to live well: Be active. Use your allotment of time for yourself but also for others. Stay in touch with your body and get regular medical check-ups.
"Life is a river. Just as rivers flow to the sea, every life flows toward its eventual merger with a sea we call death."
So said Dr. Hinoharu, whose 105 years were a warm and loving tribute celebrating the gift of life.