Day 116: Wisdom of Elders

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday I was in the waiting room of a doctor’s office waiting for my grandma, when I looked around me and saw so many other people; most of them were older and probably anywhere from age 60-85.

Right before my grandma went inside to see the doctor, she was asking me what I would want to eat for my meal this week that was assigned by Karen, and I was going over all the options in my mind with her. We went over every kind of food and what I would want.

After she went inside, and I looked at the elders around me, I couldn’t help but think, what would they say if they knew that this was my biggest dilemma right now?

That I am sitting here in this waiting room, young, with my whole life ahead of me, and I am deciding what to eat for this meal where I can eat whatever I want?

I don’t judge myself for giving this meal so much thought, because for me, it is a big deal and it is important-but it did make me take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

If those older people could hear my thoughts, I am almost certain that they would have told me to not only eat this meal of whatever I want-but that I should do that every single day; that life is too short to not enjoy every part of it-including food.

I entitled this post the wisdom of elders, because even though I didn’t actually talk to elders yesterday, just seeing them, and the wisdom in their faces, spoke volumes on its own.

They have lived longer than me, have seen more things than me, and I am sure they have fought battles and demons of their own, and I just wanted so badly to know, if they could give me one piece of advice about living life, what would it be?

I think it would be somewhere along the lines of enjoying every moment-even the hard ones, because those make us who we are when we leave this world-but that is only my hypothesis.

I encourage and ask those of you who are older and wiser than I who read this blog, to share your advice about living life to its fullest-as I know that I, and many other readers (both younger and older), who read this blog, would greatly benefit.

Seeing older people around me, and seeing the places that their faces have been, and seeing the experience and wisdom that comes with that, really opened my eyes and made me question the bigger picture.

The bigger picture here isn’t just this one meal that I have to do as my new assignment this week-it’s enjoyment of life.

Hello to enjoying every moment, and hello life.

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3 thoughts on “Day 116: Wisdom of Elders

  1. What a wonderful idea to ask those with wisdom beyond your years to share their thoughts with you and your readers. You know my thoughts somewhere along the same lines as this past weekend when our car was towed in the middle of the night and I was still smiling after having to pay $350 to get the car back-“we were together, healthy and I could afford the cost. Life is good! Why waste time being in a bad mood over being lucky enough to be able to solve a problem when we have all the important things in life going for us”. That being said you have big challenges and don’t minimize the hardship eating a meal like that means for you. xo

  2. Thanks for asking. I want to share something I read today: Don’t argue about whether the glass is half full or half empty, just drink it. Which leads me to my advice. Learn to be content where you are. Waiting for a better life, a better body, a better job, a better relationship–it all wastes the present moment. Planning is fine. Working toward a goal is fine. But today is all you really have, so don’t waste it.

    You show remarkable insight, Shira. I know you will get it.

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