HONOURING OUR ELDERS
It is said that service to mankind is service to God. On the day I read it, I kept pondering about it. And the more I thought, the more convinced I became that there was no exaggeration in it!
When you help someone, especially an elderly person, it naturally pleases him or her. Mother Teresa had said, “We can do no great things – only small things with great love.”
A help from young boys like us would delight them, because most of the senior citizens are of the opinion that the present day youngsters do not show even scant respect to them. So, they avoid us.
I am more attached to my grandparents, because they always guide me very well.
Apart from telling stories, my grand pa had presented me books like, Bed Time Stories, Grand Ma Tales, Grand Pa Tales and many more. All are high moral values and at the same time, educative, entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking.
Each story not only highlights a problem, but also suggests solution to it. One can learn a lot from elderly people. Believe me, what they advice is beyond university education. They will teach you in minutes what a university would take years together to impart. Take my tip, give them the due respect, move with them, speak with them nicely, and to convince them that your intention is good, ask them if you have any doubt, or tell your problem and see how best their suggestion would be.
The more you do so, the more you will be benefited. Since they are aged, their reflexes are slow and not be as quick as ours. So, they may be slow in doing certain things. It will happen to all of us when we attain that age. We will become aged, too. At that time, how would we feel when we are teased by young boys and girls?
Notable writer Francis Bacon had said, “Old wood best to burn; old wine to drink; old friends to trust and old authors to read.”
So, allow the aged to live their last days peacefully.