In a world that never sleeps, where more is perceived as better, where most things today are disposable and what others think of you online or in the all-too-rare “face-to-face” encounters, I believe a significant lesson can be learned from our more vulnerable seniors.
The lesson is to slow down and make a conscious and deliberate choice to be present in the moment with not only yourself but also the other human beings around you. There’s something unseen that is exchanged between two people when this happens.
The experience can be with or without words and the activity itself is really secondary to the feelings that develop when two human beings really connect. I feel we, as a society, have forgotten this. It’s a wonderful experience to return to when we decide that it really does matter.
Another lesson (and there are so many!), that we can learn from seniors is remembering to appreciate the small things.
While visiting a gentleman in a Calgary facility, I couldn’t help but smile so wide, I was sure it was ear to ear the whole time I was with him. I took him out for a drive around the area and he was so impressed by everything he saw, it was as if it were the first time seeing it. He was amazed at the other vehicles on the highway and how far technology has advanced! He was delighted by the children at the playground and how inquisitive and smart they were! He marveled at the size and architectural design of the building he lived in – when we returned. EVERYTHING he saw was amazing! He appreciated everything he saw without judgment. He had so much gratitude for it simply being as it was! It was infectious and made a big impression on me and everyone he came in contact with.
Our world changes when we see things and people around us as miraculous. You know what? I think that is the secret to a happy life!