For thousands of years, humans have relied on the knowledge and wisdom of their elders. While this is less true now in our day and age, older adults can offer important guidance to younger people on dealing with life’s many challenges. Here are some pearls of wisdom from seniors that can inspire us all:

  • “The joy of life is made up of obscure and seemingly mundane victories that give us our own small satisfactions.” (Billy Joel) What kind of victory are you looking for today? Maybe it’s reaching out to a person you’ve been meaning to call or finishing a task or household chore that you’ve been delaying. Often when we procrastinate, we use more energy thinking about it and coming up with excuses than we would have if we just completed the task. Think of how good it will feel to cross that item off your list!
  • “To keep the heart unwrinkled — to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent — that is to triumph over old age.” (Thomas Bailey Aldrich) Research shows that people who are positive tend to be happier and more resilient than people whose outlook on life is generally negative. Positive people even live longer! Think about ways you can increase positivity every day, whether it’s performing a random act of kindness for someone, practicing gratitude, or simply paying someone a sincere compliment.
  • “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” (Abraham Lincoln) Are you making the most of your talents and abilities? Is there something you’re postponing for “later” or “someday?” Many people end up regretting the things they didn’t do rather than the things that they did.
  • “If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self-interest.” (John Glenn) What gives your life meaning and purpose? What can you do to help others and give back?

We can learn key life lessons from seniors who have ‘been there and done that’ if we take the time to listen.

If you or someone in your family are facing aging challenges, please give us a call at (920) 740-8441 or email us at sue@coylecaremanagement.com. We’ll be happy to assist!