The value of wisdom
What can we learn from our elderly wise?
Failing to learn from our elders is to fail as a society. Imagine the wisdom inside the 75 million baby boomers? Be selfish and don’t let them carry with them to their graves, be humble enough to asking them to share their wisdom with you. Here is the tip of the iceberg regarding picking the brains, the hearts, and the spirit from wise elders.
1. Living by priorities. Living a life of no regrets. Valuing the right things. Being defined by who we are and not what we do.
2. Accepting and dealing with others. Having the right perspective in life. Caring for others. Learn to respect and trust others.
3. Preparing and enjoying meals with others. Listening to their advice on living longer. Taking time to savor meals, especially those sweet treats.
4. Collecting and sharing stories. Listening to their stories. Asking good questions. Asking them what they would have done differently.
5. Dealing with gains and losses. Having persistence and determination. Having the will to be a finisher.
6. Having patience and humility. Praying, giving and accepting grace. Eternity is a long time to be wrong.
7. Having gratitude. Counting our blessings. Serving above self. Giving back and paying forward.
Lessons are repeated until lessons are learned. When the student is ready the teacher appears.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy