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Holding HandsI’m an 18-year-old soon to be 19 reader who has just stumbled upon this blog! I’m currently working at a retirement village and I feel like there is a lot that our generation is missing. It used to be easy for older generations to pass on their wisdom, and I agree that this has a lot to do with a lack of respect for opinions and for older people in general. Young people just don’t have the time or inclination to sit down and listen to someone who (I don’t know why we’d be surprised) has more experience in the world than us!

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friendsI love this month’s topic!  The way to stay young is to have friends at every generational level. Last August I met my husbands granddaughter’s boyfriend.  I later learned that the boyfriend had made the comment that, “Amber’s Grandma is hot.” Talk about a compliment!!  I have always been blessed to have friends in every generation. I keep those friends by being truly interested in what they are doing. Today I had a great experience with my Rotary Club.  I volunteered to serve on our scholarship committee and helped interview the final four candidates. Talk about neat kids!!  I also invited a young lady who just turned forty to lunch next week because I sensed that she is very frustrated with her career. It’s all about taking risk in building relationships. It is very easy to focus on ourselves as we grow older. We don’t always feel the best, and it becomes more difficult to handle stress.  Therefore, if we focus on others, we will forget about ourselves. Having friends from multiple generations makes life worth living.

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talkI regularly interact with people of other ages in church, community centers and various volunteer efforts. I would miss it if I didn’t have it. My best friends remain my two daughters and now their husbands, daughters and sons and finally a new great grandson! My heart grows bigger with each new association and there is always that bittersweet sadness that goes with the possible loss (my only son died a year and a half ago with cancer and I still ache from that loss), but I would not trade the heart-stretching for a going-without life. I encourage anyone who misses the interaction to find some passion to follow and an avenue to follow it socially (teaching, taking lessons, volunteering, etc). I am, by nature a loner, so I enjoy my solitude also, but the balance is important!

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Recently I had the good fortune to discover a wonderful program that started right here in my own back yard.  It’s called The Best Day of My Life (So Far), and was started by Benita Cooper, an architect, who was inspired by the stories her grandmother began to tell her in their weekly long-distance phone calls. Benita still spends an hour or so every week with the group she originally organized at a local senior center, but the program and the idea at its heart is growing and taking wing in many directions. The idea is that intergenerational communication, the power of personal stories, developing friendships, and the mutual understanding and inspiration that can grow from shared experiences all enrich our lives in powerful ways.

If you click on The Best Day of My Life (So Far) , you’ll find some wonderful stories, interesting people, and something that seems to be hitting a nerve among a widely diverse group of people around the world.

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