If you needed the counsel of someone with deep wisdom, who would come to mind?
You are fortunate indeed if your first instinct would be to speak to a parent, grandparent or other elder mentor! Those who have lived long and well have a wealth of wisdom to share. As Job 12:12 says, “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.”
Cornell University has recognized this untapped resource. One of their Human Development professors, who is also a Gerontologist, decided it was so critical to capture the perspective of “these wisest Americans” that he embarked on a project to interview over 1,200 seniors on common life issues. The result is the Cornell Legacy Project, a collection of taped interviews with various seniors sharing their insights on child-rearing, fidelity in marriage, coping with adversity, aging gracefully, adapting to change, and making your mark, among other topics. The project also resulted in a book called 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. Here, author Karl Pillemer distills what he has learned into 30 over-arching principles for purposeful living. Here is a little taste of what is in store for you:
At Cascade Companion Care, we listen to many seniors recount their life stories. We are often struck by the incredible witness to history they offer, the perseverance they exhibit, and the gentleness and grace they have learned over their years of being tumbled smooth by life.
Crosby, Stills and Nash said it well in the song, “Teach your Children Well”, when they wrote:
“Teach your children what you believe in. Make a world that we can live in.”