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Complaining and murmuring about life’s woes is the malady of the masses springing forth from the lips of cold, tired hearts. The disease of whining and worry leaves many a person hunched over and long faced. Shakespeare said, and I quoteth, “A light heart lives long.”

 

Stress is a killer and there are many avenues to lightness of heart. One de-stressor, according to the American Heart Association, is talking with family and friends. Another is the warmth of our friend, the grape. A steady presence of a jug of red wine on the family meal table has the undeniable ability to lift the spirits especially after Mama has had a bad hair day and Daddy missed his flight and then got a ticket on the way home.

 

Every moment of every day we have a choice to be our best, to be over-comers and to have a happy disposition. Or not! We can curse the rain, the parking place that was snatched before us, or the mail that delivered yet another bill. Mother Nature has given us the sweet liquid of joy to help us when we feel down, alone or confused. Even the good man Noah had his priorities straight after being cooped up in the Ark after a siege of 40 days of rain and adrift for a long a time. His first work? He planted a vineyard.

 

[Photo: A Beautiful Vineyard. Note the Ark in the background.]

Optimistic gurus bless us by reminding us to take charge of our lives and to dwell on what is good, what is possible and what is lovely. Yes, there is power in positive thinking and power in positive drinking! A bottle of wine shared between loved ones is therapeutic. Faces brighten with smiles and the air fills with laughter. Little trifles are more easily overlooked. Not only can sour dispositions be cured by wine, but other evils can be dispelled.

 

I once bought a car from an 85-year-old preacher who sang the praises of a common old folk remedy called “The Grape Cure.” It was a diet that consisted of nothing but Concord grapes for a period of weeks. This, he said, cured him of prostate cancer and he was happy throughout the process. So went his story and he was confident of his testimony. Mr. Poet and I recently listened to a lecture from Mrs. Morales, a Fortune 500 executive. She posed the question for her audience, “What are you bringing into your atmosphere?”

 

We were reminded of the transformative influence that joy and warmth bring to one’s environment. I thought how “wine makes the heart of mankind merry” when this question was posed, and made a mental note to always bring a bottle of wine to my friend’s home when I dropped in or was invited for dinner. The transformative quality of wine is what makes each experience special and unique. For once the cork has been pulled and the wine is decanted or left to ‘breathe’, it begs to be discovered by the entire audience. Some glance nervously while the host lingers with a conversation or the hostess leaves the room to mind the stove or let in another guest. Everyone in the room eagerly anticipates the moment when the glass is in their hand, the toast is made and the warm, dark liquid finds its way across their palate and the inevitable flush of their cheek. When our favorite juice of the earth is near, love replaces indifference, despondency is replaced with hope, resiliency replaces despair. Suddenly the world is kinder and after only one glass, goodbye whiners, hello winners.

 

William and Natalie Myers, aka the Two Poets, see wine as bottled poetry. They write about the beauty and lifestyle that elevates wine from a drink to an event. This article was republished on WineTable with permission of the authors from their blog.

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