By David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans
“Everything Old Is New Again” — a song written by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager
“There is nothing new under the sun.” — Ecclesiastes 1:9
It is remarkable to me that the lessons from generations and a millennia ago still need to be learned. By the time most people call us, it is too late to learn directly from their aging loved one.
Unfortunately, too many of us live for decades learning very little. Nevertheless, listening to our elders can be a lesson as well. For example, trying to figure out why Dad is perpetually angry. The pain he has caused can either push us effortlessly down the same path or cause us to consciously choose a better one.
Your mother or grandmother might have no clue as to how to download an app or how to use Zoom, but there is still an acquired wisdom about people that needs to be passed along. Technical knowledge and skills are not the way to understand who we are and what we are meant to do. Ultimately, such skills do not yield value nor meaningful purpose for life.
Love and hate, peace and war, kindness and cruelty have always been with us and will remain. Recognizing these virtues and vices and what is behind them requires time and learning.
Talk with your wise senior before it becomes too late. Do it before you need to call us. It might be a way to skip a few grades in the school of life.