A week ago, we spent time with my Dad's side of the family for my uncles ashes scattering. It was a lovely day and especially nice that we had friends and family together who haven't seen each other in a long time.
Seeing Dad and his brother scatter their other brothers ashes over the water, I realised how much older my Dad is looking. And it reminded me we're all getting older.
I've always known how important the 'elderly' are (and to be honest, what is elderly now?). But as I get older, it also gets a little closer and thus a little scarier.
But really, their worth is undervalued here in NZ and around the world. We used to look after our parents as they got too old to look after themselves. As a family people would gather around and support each other. Now you get too old to live in your own home and most likely will be shipped off to a rest home.
I know life is different now, that's the reality, and relationships are such that sometimes you can't bring yourself to help your parents/grandparents. But what about other elderly people you might know, love and respect?
Life is full of wisdom held in the minds of our elderly. They are to be treasured. Looked after and made to feel important in their retirement.
So my challenge to you this week, is to visit with someone at least 20 years older than you (if you're in your 20's then they need to be at least 40 years older than you). Spend some quality time with the ones you love. Talk to them about their past. About things they remember, write notes, get out their pictures and treasure their experiences.
Not only will you get a lot from the time you spend together, you will make someone else very happy.