I don’t know about you, but this time of year I take the word Thanksgiving literally. I am more grateful for all I have in the world. I silently send thanks to someone for who they are in my life. I am forever grateful for all my possessions, as simple as they may be. And I stop to acknowledge the truly amazing machine my body is and the fact that it keeps going with every breath.
In the presence of all this gratitude, I found myself thinking about my Dad and his “buddies” – all over 80 years old. Among them, they had 345 years of experience on this planet. With their fantastic perspective, I wondered what wisdom they had to share about life and gratitude.
So I set up a lunch with all of them to hear the wisdom of the ages.
I should have known better. :-)
Not surprisingly, the conversation did not go as planned, but I was surprised . . . and touched . . . by what emerged.
The conversation turned into a LOVEfest! Each one of them acknowledged and appreciated the others for what they bring to the friendship and the group. More than anything else, they spoke about the strength and importance of the relationships and friendships in their life.
They appreciated their families, their kids, their wives, their grandchildren, and each other.
Interestingly, their jobs, success, businesses and accomplishments were all secondary to the relationships in their life.
While I wasn’t surprised by this wisdom, I let their words really sink into my soul after our conversation. All too often I find my life gets sidetracked or my peace is disturbed by my ego, which is more concerned about my superficial successes or accomplishments.
Their lifetime of wisdom strongly suggests otherwise.
That one jewel of wisdom – that our relationships, friendships and family are the most important thing in our lives – is worth repeating over and over and over again . . . and perhaps that is the true wisdom of the ages.
These are all great men with amazing life stories. But in the end, what matters most is WHO they love, not WHAT they have done.
No matter your age, young or old, take a moment this month to hug all those people who mean something to you. It is clear to me that it is the most important and valuable thing you can do in all your life.
Rarely do the members of one family grow up under the same roof.
– Richard Bach, Illusions
I love the expansiveness of this quote. There is an abundance of love to be received, and given, in the world . . . if only we allow for it. It is always our own heart that gets in the way of either. And that is our challenge as humans.
There is another wonderful quote by Rumi that states, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
May this year be the year you practice the wisdom of our elders and fully feel the love around you, and give it back to the world tenfold.
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