I just had dinner with an 80-year-old man.
That is not something I can say everyday. It was a pleasant reminder of the wealth of experience that someone who had been around for nearly three-times my lifespan can have to share. I have tried (and continue to try) to remember that. I am genuinely appreciative of the connection I have with my elder relatives but I find it easy to settle on the moment, on what is going right now. Doing that overlooks the experiences that have made them what they are, on what brought them to the moment. We do so many things unconciously, just going through the motions. Sure, there are cases where that is the best approach but a little more conciousness around these connections feels like it would enrich everyone's experience.
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