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Monday 21 July 2014

Motivation ... the power of words and actions

On the top of my fridge is a sign that says Never, Never, Never, Never GIVE UP! It was a present from a friend and it is one of those special objects in my flat that I notice daily.
It stands in front of the microwave so that I have to pick it up each time that I open the door and in doing so I give some thought to what the words mean to me.
Because of this Deans’ Stroke Musings recent posting called Don't ever give up was bound to catch my attention, even more so as it is about frogs and while walking in the woods yesterday the path was moving in front of each step that I made as there were thousands of tiny frogs, like the one in the picture above, all on the move, all hopping along on the path to survival –
I have also seen the picture featured in this posting many times before, but I have never heard the story that follows it.
I hope Deans’ Stroke Musings does not mind me publishing it here in full
Posted: 19 Jul 2014 07:48 PM PDT
I've seen this image a few times over the last week. Even using I can't figure out who originated this.

This needs to be posted over every survivor’s bed.  I imagine the bird being my doctor.

It reminds me of the other frog story I've heard.

Two Frogs

By: Author Unknown

A number of frogs were travelling through the woods. Two of
them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered
around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they
told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out
of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept
telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.

Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs
were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could.

Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the
pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made
it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear
us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He
thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is the power of life and death in the tongue. An
encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up
and help them make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be the
push over the edge. Be careful of what you say. Speak
life to those who cross your path. Anyone can speak
words that can rob another of the spirit to push forward

in difficult times.   

 Thank you once again to Deans’ Stroke Musings for more food for thought.

Sunday 6 July 2014

Knock oder Triumph der Medizin and András Pető

Knock oder Triumph der Medizin and András Pető

I expect that anyone else who has read András Pető’s  Unfug der Krankheit- Triumph der Heilkunst and also sat in the audience to watch Knock oder Der Triumph der Medizin would also have been quietly smiling and wondering whether there is some connection to be made, just as I was.

It helps also to be familiar with the Austro-German sanatorium system of healing and prevention as I am. I have lived here in Germany for a long time so I have had connections through my work and personal life to several sanatoriums (cure clinics) and I have read about András Pető’s life – much of his working life was spent in various cure clinics or sanatoriums.

As I said to a friend just after the theatre visit I cannot put my finger on just what it was that made me quietly smile to myself during the theatre production about Dr Knock, but I certainly began to ponder on what connections could be made with AP after I had heard the word charlatan spoken several times.

The play by Jules Romains was first performed in 1923. In the afterword to the Reclam copy of the play it says that when it was premiered it opened up to discussion a lot of themes and ideas of the day making a satiric comment on the popularity of alternative medicine. During the play one sees some of the alternatives in action that András Pető listed and wrote about in his book.

Under his many pseudonyms András Pető wrote two books and several articles for medical journals where he often mentioned methods that would then, and now, have been considered alternative – even here in Germany and Austria.

Dr Knock, in the play I watched two weeks, ago was considered to be a charlatan although he was practicing methods that are still used alternatively these days. András Pető has also been described by people who knew him, maybe even by some who did not, as a charlatan too.

Although I was enjoying bits-in-between for conductors at the local theatre my mind was still occupied by András Pető, trying to fit him in with what was happening in the world around him during his life-time. And do not forget, András Pető also wrote plays, some of them with a medical theme.


András Pető Unfug der Krankheit- Triumph der Heilkunst, Dr. med. Karl Otto Barnklau, Karl Schustek, Hanau/Main

Jules RomainsKnock oder Der Triumph der Medizin, Reclam