Life Times – Jean Burling

Jean Burling
Jean Burling, a 61-year-old mother of six from Australia, is a life-saving instructor

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To believe in yourself and have patience, humanity and compassion.

What’s most important?
Family values, education, helping others.

What are the elements of happiness?
Health – good health is more important than anything.

What were your dreams as a child?
Too many to remember! Maybe to travel.

What advice would you give to the younger generation?
Listen to your parents.

Are you worried about dying?
No. Live each day happily. An old saying my mother taught me goes: “With the rising of the sun, think of your day as just begun.” I try to live by that.

What do you think will happen to you after you die?
I think my soul will go somewhere, and I told my family to cremate my body and scatter my ashes in the sea, just like Hindus do.

What makes you happy?
When I’m with my family and special friends and when I can train my students in life saving.

And sad?
When my children are far away from me. There’s nothing worse than that.

What’s humanity all about?
Caring for others. I would like people to treat me as I treat them.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because people not able to agree with each other.

Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?
Not impossible, just difficult. (BT/DP)

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