Fred Rogers who was known as Mr. Rogers sang to children of all ages “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” for years on his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. It’s a classic reminder of a call to friendship.
Who are our neighbors? Well everyone you meet. It’s more than the people who live around where you live. It’s important we understand that because it makes the world our neighborhood.
In my faith loving your neighbor as yourself is a serious thing. Offering people grace and kindness can be a tall order because there are some folks you like and a few you don’t like so offering them both love can be a challenge. We can be exhausted in being nice but it’s worth it.
My friends you are my neighbor just for visiting my blog. Liking my posts and commenting on them are a plus. For me, treating you all with kindness and being nice is something i’m hard wired to do. It’s also an extension of my extending grace to everyone. I do believe there are some who needs more grace and kindness because their lives have been tough.
Thank you for being my neighbor.
My parent’s recently moved into an independent living facility. They have a spacious 730 sq.ft. apartment with everything they need to live and also they take their meals in a dining room 3 times a day. Many of their needs are being met which is a relief to our family.
They are in their 70’s and a part of the Baby Boom generation. Every generation has its time in history where they shape the culture of the world. Everything from politics, religion, music, arts and more have been created by them as their legacy.
It got me to thinking that everyone ages and will find their way into some sort of care scenario whether it be a facility like my parents or in their home with a caregiver that comes by daily.
Just think about the conversations about ones personal history that will be had when one turns 70 or 80 or even 90. Who knows how long people will live as medical advances are made.
I can imagine people who were into hip hop and heavy metal in a facility talking about Jay Z to Metallica. Remember when Star Wars came out? Were you a gamer and if so how what was your favorite gaming platform. They will talk about who was better Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or Lebron James. Can you imagine what tattoos will look like and guys rocking that earring they got when they were 16 at the mall. Remember malls. I believe Generation X will lead the way followed by Millennials and on down the timeline.
We will share stories about the wars we fought in. September 11th and how it changed our country. The presidential elections of 2000 and 2016. Where were you when your heard Michael Jackson died. Do we still want our MTV if it will be around then.
My friends every day you are getting older. Getting experienced and hopefully wiser. The key to everything is living and growing and storing up topics for conversations throughout your life. The memories can sustain you but future memories are there to be made.
I gotta believe the dining room will have taco Tuesday and gluten free this and that. Certainly.
There she was at a convenience store where they sell cigarettes and lottery tickets and oh yeah gasoline and beer. Two Marlboro boxes and a lotto 17 is what she forked over her hard earned cash for. It’s funny that she hopes to get lucky and rich with one thing while impairing her health with the others. We all have our vices. It’s just interesting to see what people pickup to get them by and make them a little better off than they were before.
There is so much fighting there’s not enough flying. May we put aside peril in the name of peace. Angels instead of arrows.
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In the days we live in its helpful to have a global perspective on what is going on with your friends and neighbors. We all have our own struggles and opinions but being isolated from the struggles and opinions of others does no one good. Our life experience informs us about how to live and what to think but that gives you a narrow view of life. Our own experience is not the experience of others.
We owe it to the world to be sympathetic, empathetic and understanding. Yes it’s easier said than done but it can happen if we work hard at it. Opening our hearts and minds can do great good. It takes courage and intention to do so. Something this writer needs to do better at.