My goal in writing this blog today is to encourage those of us, who are not yet in that season of life, to think about how we want to be treated when we are older. As we consider how we want to be treated, I want us to realize we now have an opportunity to plant seed into the soil of our soon to be "golden years" which will eventually produce a harvest. I hope to be treated with respect and I hope younger folks will have patience with me when I am driving, ordering food at a fast food place, when I am writing a check at the store, or when my hearing is going and I have to have things repeated to me. So if this is how I want to be treated when I am older, I better be planting the seeds of patience and kindness now into every elderly person I come in contact with.
A few weeks ago, Elin (my daughter) and I were in line at a sub shop and the elderly man in front of us was trying to order, but was very hard of hearing and was confused about the pricing of the sandwiches. The employee behind the counter was a young twenty something who obviously had not been taught how to treat older folks with patience and kindness. Both Elin and I were about to lose our cool with this worker so I spoke up and tried to help the man. I spoke very loudly so he could hear me plainly and spoke slow enough so he could understand how to order. I smiled at him while I was talking and tried to make him feel like I had all the time in the world and that he was no trouble at all.
I hope you don't think I'm boasting as I share these recent examples from my life. I just want us all to begin to think about our own life and ask ourselves... How are we doing in this area of life? Are we training our kids to respect and honor the elderly? Are they watching us and learning from us?
If we pay really close attention, we will see the numerous opportunities we have to plant seed for our future. Taking time to talk to them in the store, opening doors for them, helping them carry groceries to their car. All these actions are "seeds" we plant in the soil of our own life.
Have a great week everyone....