August 03, 2020
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Anecdotes tell something about President's life and work

Date: 08/07/2020 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

Deeply ingrained habit

In April 1962, the Political Committee of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea decided to have President Kim Il Sung take a rest for health at least for some time.

But there was no change in his tight daily routine of work, except in the place of work.

When officials repeatedly asked him to look after his health, he said that ingrained habits die hard, and continued:

Early rising in the morning is a habit I acquired in the long course of life. When we were waging guerrilla warfare in the mountains, the enemies always made assaults on us at dawn. So how could I have a good sleep as the man responsible for the destiny of our troops? Since then I have become wakeful early in the morning. After the country’s liberation, how uphill tasks were awaiting us! Therefore, I was sleepless yet again early in the morning. And then the war broke out. After the war, reconstruction began followed by the great Chollima advance. After all, life did not allow me to stay in bed in comfort in the morning. Consequently, early rising became my ingrained habit.

Perhaps, I don’t think I can break myself of this habit all my life, he repeated quietly.

One day in June 1977, the President looked round a plot created in the garden.

As he looked at the luxuriant soybean plants, he pointed to the heartnut and plane trees by the plot to tell the official to remove the heartnut tree in the garden to other place in the coming autumn and readjust the area into an experimental plot for soybean plants.

In that place various flowers were in full bloom, the plants that had been planted out of a wish for the President to have even a brief rest.

Therefore, the official was hesitant to accept his instruction.

As if he read his thought, the President told him it was better to plant such crops as bean plant in the garden, rather than planting only trees.

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