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Seniors

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I absolutely love Seniors!!!

I always have, ever since I was a little girl.

I found it fascinating to listen to my grandparents stories of “the old days” or “way back then” or ” when I was a youngun.”

I so wish they were still here, I would have spent a lot more time listening to them!

And usually just about every story they told would bring a light to their eyes and a smile to their face.

Have you ever really taken time to just sit and visit with a Senior?

They have so much wisdom to share with all of our younger generations including us old folks in our fifties.

They are like a library of knowledge and wisdom.

A few years ago I worked with Seniors a lot, and I still cherish each of those memories to this day.

Yes some were less than kind, at times some were just mean, but most often it was simply a joy and a privilege to be able to sit and visit with them.

I loved to listen to their stories, sometimes over and over; a few had Alzheimer’s really bad, so I would hear the same stories repeatedly, a lot of times in the same day, but it didn’t matter.

They were reliving memories in their own lives that brought them peace and joy, you could hear it in their voice, see it on their faces.

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my Grandma, and her and Grandpa would have company often. They would just sit around and visit, goodness how I miss those times.

And the stories they could tell, it was always so much fun, to listen to them.

I wish people still took time for our elders the way we should. They so deserve our utmost love and respect and kindness.

So many Seniors feel like they dont matter anymore, they are just in the way, that could not be farther from the truth.

Maybe they cant get around like they once did, or even hear or see like in the younger days; but folks our Seniors are so very special, and they matter so much.

I wish the generations today had the manners, morals and respect and work ethics that our Grandparents had and instilled in their children; and some of us tried to instill in our own children.

Young adults and kids today are so different than they were 30 years ago. They all dont know what they are missing by not taking time to appreciate the older generations.

Oh, the things we all can learn from them, at any age.

At our little Church, it is mainly the older generations, and oh how I love it!!!

Do I think of them as old? Nope, not one of them, in my book; you aint old til you reach a hundred!

But oh my goodness, how I love and cherish each and everyone of them.

They are true treasures!!!

I hope you think about the Seniors in your neighborhood, your family, your Church, the work place, wherever you may be; perhaps even just a person you pass by sometime.

Take the time to say hello, address them with respect by saying mam or sir.

Hold the door for them, let them go in front of you.

Be really kind, if you are in a restaurant and see a Senior or a couple eating alone, quitely ask the waitress for their ticket and just buy their meal for them, anonymously.

Show kindness, true kindness, and treat them the way you would want someone to treat your own grandparent; or the way you would like to be treated when you are their age.

I promise you, if you have any morals and respect at all for others, you will so enjoy those brief encounters, you both will be blessed.

There’s an old saying, “Sometimes you are the only Bible a person ever reads.”

Well, sometimes you may be the only person that has a chance to speak to them that day, or even in a few days; so be kind and sow some joy in their day.

I promise you, if you do so with good intentions and sincerity, God will smile on you too.

So try it, will ya?

Til next time!!!

Come on in, sit a spell!

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Come on in, sit a spell…

Growing up I heard those words often.

I grew up in a little community in the country where everybody knew each other.

Why, you just waved and spoke to everybody, never met a stranger.

You could sleep with your windows up, even leave the doors unlocked at night or while you were gone.

Times sure have changed, haven’t they?

But those days were the best!

I loved spending time with my grandparents, spent every weekend I could with them.

It wouldn’t be anything for family, friends, neighbors or just anybody to drop in for a visit.

And what would they hear?

“Well, come on in, sit a spell.”

People would be offered coffee or tea, and of course, a bite to eat… and they would just love sitting and visiting with one another.. talking, laughing, reminiscing.

Those were some great times.

I hope at least some of you had the joy and privilege to have had days like that.

They were simply the best!

So to all of you that drop in…

Well, come on in… sit a spell!!!!!!

 

Helping Others

Do you know the joy of helping somebody else?

To me, there’s no greater gift that I can give another than to help.

I don’t mean just in monetary ways.

Just taking the time to do a kind gesture for a person.

Not because you have to, but because you want to.

You may be thinking, I can’t make ends meet now.

Helping others isn’t about money.

There are as many different ways to help somebody as there are crayon colors.

And Crayola makes some mighty big boxes of crayons, nowadays!

For instance, here are a few ways to help others:

Hold a door open for a person.

Get something off a high shelf for a shopper.

Put a persons shopping cart away for them.

Allow somebody with fewer items to go in front of you at checkout.

Share your umbrella with another in the rain.

Help carry somebodies shopping bags.

Send a card to a friend or family member just because.

Take time to listen when someone needs to talk.

Take a coworker a coffee one morning out of the blue.

Treat a friend to lunch.

Take food to a family that has lost a loved one.

Help a person rake leaves.

Help weed the flowerbed.

Volunteer to cut the grass.

Take time just to visit a neighbor.

Offer to babysit for a single parent, to give them some “me” time.

Stop and buy that box of girl scout cookies.

Give to the fireman, the Shriners, and other organizations, even if it’s just a dime.

Smile at everybody you see and say hello.

Visit a Senior Citizens home, and just sit and visit with one or two.

Volunteer at your Church for projects and tasks.

Shovel the snow from a driveway.

Offer a hug when someone is hurting.

Spend a few extra dollars at Christmas for a gift for a child, that won’t have anything.

Clean out your closet and donate to others that could use your clothes or shoes.

Donate those extra winter coats and gloves for others.

Drop off books to the jails or prisons.

Volunteer at a library, or hospital, or anywhere people are needed.

Volunteer to read stories to children at your local elementary school.

Just simply show kindness everywhere you go.

If you take the time to think about this,

You will come up with a lot more ideas.

And just imagine if we all just showed kindness and did one small gesture a day,

How much happier the people in this world would be.

The recipient will feel that someone cares, and you will feel a blessing in your heart.

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s all go help somebody, in some little way.

I promise you both will be blessed for it!!!

Til next time, dear friends!!!!

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