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DR. FRANCIS F. KNORP
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By Francis F. Knorp, M. D.
HIS means to cease from labor or exertiong to
take relaxation from toil or effort, for the purpose
of recuperation. i
God rested from all His work, the ocean never
It means to be free from disturbance, annoyance,
distraction, or excitementg to be quiet or stillg to be
at peace, to be tranquil, to repose. NVhile most of
us know its literal meaning, very few experience it.
There is a science in resting as well as anything
else, and I believe we should all study the art along
with the other studies.
This applies to those who toil, not including those
to whom it came naturally and whose only effort in
life has been to push it along.
The mistake most people make is that they have
their mind made up to take a rest when a certain
goal they have mapped out has been reached, never
figuring what may happen in the interim.
My motto is, "To rest and enjoy life as we jour-
ney onf' The most microscopic part of our body
needs rest and must have it: so the body as a whole.
The heart is a good example of resting while going.
It acts in a cycle-one portion for contraction or
emptying, one portion for dilating or filling, and
another portion for rest. VVhile the latter is infini-
tesimal in each cycle, still it is there, and in the
aggregate amounts up.
The only real way to rest is to get away, body
and mind, from your routine work.
Those cooped up all week should get out in the
fresh air, take jaunts in the country. Those work-
ing' hard physically, keep quiet, but in the open.
The Bible tells us that on the seventh day we
shall rest. I don't believe this means to become
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statuary. To my mind, rest is getting away from
mental and physical fatigue. Anything that kindles
the tire in body and mind is restful, whether it be
sleep, athletics, or what not.
Wliile every human needs a change from his
routine work and routine home life, my suggestions
shall be for those that are destined to earn their
daily bread by brain work.
Every organ in the body needs a rest, especially
the brain, the most delicate of all and the most
worked. It being the central office, all messages
must go to and from it. Not only all conscious, but
all unconscious, efforts must center here, for in-
stance, looking properly after the nutrition of the
body. Hence this is an organ that needs rest above
Wliile sleep is the most restful of all, still it is not
all that is necessary. We must have change of scene
and action. As the stomach must not have the same
food three times a day, and day after day, so the
brain must have its different brain foods in the line
of different thoughts, scenes, and actions.
Wliat will relax one will not another, so we must
choose for ourselves, but all must relax.
Once a week and once a year is my favorite pre-
scription. Take one day a week and one month a
year, everything else being equal.
Failing to reach this mark, take one day a week
and one week a year-two weeks better, three still
better, four enough for anybody, and I consider just
right. Even a horse is sent to pasture, and how often
is the garden spaded. A rejuvenated brain that pre-
sides over everything certainly sends rejuvenation all
along the line.
I firmly believe if the head of every family had the
art of diversion as a part of his study, and had his
family working in harmony with him, there would
be more happiness in the world.
Most people consider the expense, but when
viewed from the standpoint that it is a health insur-
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