Celebrating an amazing lifetime
My paternal grandmother passed away in October, and I thought it would be nice to reflect on her life.
She led a simple but full one, and taught me a thing or two…
Living a long life
About a dozen years ago – when she was only 90 or so – I had the pleasure of driving her back home after a family event. It was a two-hour drive and we had a great talk during the trip.
During the ride, I asked her how it was to outlive all of her friends.
She paused for a moment before saying that not only had she outlive her friends; she outlived most of the generation younger than her as well…
Living with a purpose
She lived a simple life, in a small home, within a close community, in service to others.
And that made all the difference.
We talked about her volunteering at the senior center – the staff there had recently cut her back to one day a week “helping to server lunch to the old folks.” And that’s key from two aspects – that she was always busy, and that she didn’t include herself in that group. (Even though she was probably older than most of them;-)
Finding your purpose
My grandmother enjoyed helping others and looked forward to every day.
It doesn’t work as well to live without a purpose – so don’t stop looking until you find yours.
With one – you can live long and well.