#26: (continued) THESE WORDS YOU CANNOT RECOVER IN LIFE: THE MOMENT AFTER IT’S MISSED AND THE TIME AFTER IT’S GONE.

I wish I had told my father what he meant to me before he died. I wish I had thanked my wife for all she did to make our trip work. I wish I had told my kids how many things they did that were right…I wish I had listened to my friend when she was trying to get her balance by talking to me. I wish I had…..

Don’t miss the chance to speak words of value to the people you love. Standing at a grave site wishing you had said more is very painful. You just don’t know what is going to happen next; the person you think you have lots of time with may not be allowed to give you that. Parents, however well or not you think they parented, rhey live for moments where they hear you value them.

As an elder, with many elderly friends, I can tell you how isolated it can feel to be outside of your family who are zooming in all directions all the time. Older people lived in a time when families spent time with grandparents, asking about the good ol’ days. We all have so many stories to be told! Isolated and invisible are life-sapping feelings which can only be lessened by creating a new life of your own. Not every elderly person has that skill. Do someone who is old a favor today and call them; you can endure the same ol’ story one more time!

The older you get, the more dearly you realize that we are all on an extended visa. Cherish each day with which you are blessed! Love the people who occupy spaces in your heart! Forgive the people who didn’t give you the love you needed. Love yourself; the only person who takes every step of your life journey with you is….YOU! Take gentle care of you.

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