Seriously. Old people rock. They’re awesome. (Well, most of them anyway. We all know a curmudgeon or two.)
The wisdom from their collective experiences is pure gold. Unfortunately it usually takes a bit of work to mine for that gold. Lucky for you that I’ve got some fresh from the quarry, ready to share.
A remarkable woman named Virginia shared “some ideas that have blessed her life” when she turned 90 years of age. She was honored on her birthday and given a chance to pass on her wisdom to our ladies Bible Study. I wanted to share her nuggets with the world (that’s you!).
I’ll only comment on the first two. Those are the ones that have impacted me the most.
#1 – Make peace with reality
Virginia was married for almost 70 years when her beloved husband died. She realized nothing she did could bring him back. So she could drown in her sorrow or continue on with life in her new reality. Making that choice honored her husband and helped her make a wonderful life in her new reality.
#2 – Make love your aim. Remember I too, need love. When calling myself names (like dummy) I can remember that God loves me. I can instead say to myself “Sweetheart” your mistakes are your totality.
After I heard her say that, I realized how often I called myself stupid, or idiot. I am a child of God. A daughter of the King of Kings. I am not my own. I have been bought with a great price. I should not say those things about any of His children. Myself included.
#3 – When faced with temptation, flee if necessary. Yell or even whisper “FIRE”!
#4 – I can choose my response. I have a choice.
#5 – Be slow to chide and swift to bless.
#6 – Make gratitude and thanksgiving a daily part of your life.
#7 – Read some good old books and sincerely pray some old prayers.
#8 – Before you get out of bed in the morning, thank God for a new day and for His presence with you in the day.
#9 – Trust God and lean not on you own understanding.
Amen Virginia! Thanks for unearthing these treasures and giving them to us so we can be rich in wisdom like you.