Secrets of Happy Retirement Life

想像の力 (Power of Imagination)

 

第二次大戦で出征し、27歳で亡くなった夫に恋文を書き続け、それを出版した95才の女性をテレビで見ました。

 

その夫には結婚式で初めて出会い、1年2ヶ月の新婚生活しか出来なかった彼女ですが、夫は戦地から素敵なスケッチを描いた葉書を彼女にせっせと送っていました。

 

彼女は数年前のある日、居間の窓から外の景色を眺めている時、ふっと思いついて亡き夫に恋文を書き始めたそうです。その日の出来事や思いを夫に語りかけているような手紙でした。それは5冊のノートにもなりました。

 

夫に手紙を書いているときは、20代の自分に戻ったような気持で、とても幸せになる、と語る彼女の笑顔は少女のように愛らしく、素敵でした。

 

彼女の息子は母親が手紙を書き始めてから、どんどん若返っていると嬉しそうに語っていました。

 

人間の想像力は発明や発見を生み出すように、私たちを幸にも不幸にもするのですね。

 

私は自分の幸せのために大いに想像力を発揮しようと、改めて思いました。

 

 

Power of Imagination

 

I saw on TV a 95-year-old woman who just published a book containing her love letters she had written to her husband who died in World War II at the age of 27.

 

She met him for the first time at their wedding. They had been together only for 14 months before he was sent to war. Her husband sent her many postcards with beautiful sketches from battlefields.

 

One day she was looking out the window when the idea of writing to her husband came to her. She started to write to him about her thoughts and events of the day. Eventually she had accumulated five notebooks filled with those letters.

 

She said that she felt like she was still in her twenties when she wrote, and felt very happy while writing. When she said that, her smile was that of a young girl and was really lovely.

 

Her son happily reported that his mother had gotten younger and younger as she wrote those letters.

 

Human imagination creates inventions and discoveries. It can also cause happiness or despair.

 

After watching the program, I renewed my resolve to use my imagination to the fullest to make myself happy.