JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/2/12

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Keeping Up With Old Friends

It is no small task to keep up with all the people, older friends, long time acquaintances  whom seniors wish to remember at holiday time.  Even with the Internet, it is still possible that they will have slipped between the cracks since last year.  Moves, death, disability, choice, misplaced means for contact all contribute to our being absent to people who have long meant much to us.  It is an undertaking to identify where they are now, what their life is like, how we are to be in touch with them.

Doing so, however, offers huge reward.  Slipping the bonds of contact is not something we do intentionally.  It just happens.  And with that, we have misplaced a treasure of our life, never to be regained.

Before we are too deep into the holidays, seniors deserve to take the time to do the archeology necessary to uncover means for staying in touch with long time friends.  It may require considerable digging.  It may mean a minimal investment.  It may take some phone calls.  But once the discovery is made, the reward is rich.  Resuming friendships, thought long lost, is a dividend that keeps coming.

Friendships Keep Seniors Healthier

Once established, the benefit of continuing to stay in touch with old pals, Bridge buddies, former neighbors, family acquaintances, co workers and others will be like opening a present you didn’t expect.

Mortality is fraught with its side affects.  Sometime we fall into the trap of just plain apathy, not caring, not knowing, not doing, and not trying to.  It is a curse of aging. Trying to restart the engine sometimes becomes more than one is inclined to do.  Heading off the despair of feeling as if life has lost some of its lustre means having a willingness to take on the demons of indifference.

Reaching back into your memory and resurrecting the good times and good friends who have helped to generate your own joy in life is a way to add to the meaning of the holidays.  When old and dear comrades hear from you, you willl have offered a gift of love and association likely soon to be repaid.



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