Every Friday, I find myself asking the same question….How did we get here so quickly??
The weeks seem to fly by, and I want to shout Slow Down!!!! but life keeps happening.
For me, and I am guessing I am not alone in this, it is so easy to get caught up in the busy stuff of life and forget to take time to rest, reflect…even breathe some days. It has been a week like that.
Yesterday, as I sat in my office, I listened to the soothing voice of one of our maintenance men as he took a break from job duties to play guitar and sing old songs and hymns to the residents. I feel so blessed to work in a faith based organization where I can hear How Great Thou Art being sang in the middle of the morning.
It was as though God was whispering to me as a gentle reminder that all will be OK in the busy, crazy hustle and bustle of life, when I am tired and don’t feel well…He is there amidst all of it.
I suppose some of my restlessness comes from years of walking alongside people in their final years, months, and days. I have heard so many stories of amazing lives and witnessed seemingly simple everyday things that matter. I have also heard some sad stories of dreams never fulfilled, tragedies, and broken families.
I want to learn from the stories of these elders. I want to embrace the things that truly matter in life.
I thought I would share a few lessons I have learned from working with older adults…(in no particular order)…
1. Do more listening than talking. Everyone has a story and everyone longs to be heard and to know their life somehow matters and has somehow made a difference in this world
2. Focus more on relationships than stuff. Almost everyone needs a hug or at least a smile that says…I care.
3. Collect memories rather than stuff.
4. Make each moment matter…live life to the fullest… don’t sweat the small stuff.
5. Forgive people. Bitterness and resentment only hurt you.
6. Live within your means. Have an emergency fund.
7. A few words of wisdom from Babe Ruth… Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Live life without fear.
8. Faith is important. Having a relationship with God is important. Take your kids to church.
9. Good music has words you can actually understand. 😉
10. A cup of coffee or tea with a good friend can cure most anything.
11. Age is just a number.
12. A good old fashioned game of checkers or Scrabble is great fun.
13. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Never quit laughing. From George Bernard Shaw…you don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.
Happy Friday!!! Take a moment to slow down and breathe.
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. Psalm 55:22