April 22

Words of Wisdom Based on Life’s Experiences: Chapter Two

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

As I mentioned in the first Words of Wisdom Blog that we posted on Monday, one of the things that staff at Gardant-managed senior living, assisted living and memory care communities have been doing in recent weeks is to ask residents to share thoughts and memories about their decades of life experiences.

It is one of the ways they are working to keep residents engaged as we deal with the impact of the coronavirus.

They have asked residents about their childhood. What school was like. What they did when school was out. The games they played. The toys they had. Their fondest child memory.

They have asked about their favorite television shows and movies and what they did for fun as adults.

They have asked about the music they like, the pets they have had, and the biggest changes they have seen in the world.

Click here to read the Blogs that feature some of the responses from residents:

Blog 1

Blog 2

Blog 3 

This week, our focus is on their responses to the question “Based on your life’s experiences, what words of wisdom would you like to share”

We continue today with more words of wisdoms from residents; be sure to let us know your thoughts:

Follow your dreams and you will have a wonderful life. Always live with your anchor up.

Be friendly. Don’t talk too much. Go to church. Play cards. Drink a little.

Wine is like duct tape; it fixes everything.

Never give up no matter how sick you are.

Love your neighbor. Do not gossip to anyone.

Love your country, love your neighbor, and love your family. Above all, love the Lord.

Always love one another, but most of all love yourself. Treat everyone the way you would want them to treat you. Love and honor your parents and be sure to love God. Obey your parents, obey rules and respect everyone. Trust in the Lord for all things you may desire.

Don’t take yourself too seriously; no one else does.

Don’t wait for tomorrow; you never know what today will bring.

Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery. All we have is today to do the best we can.

Don’t roll your eyes in public.

Keep asking why. You don’t learn if you don’t ask.

It is human nature to judge, or rather evaluate, others to find those we feel most comfortable with. When doing so, judge them for WHO they are, not WHAT they are. When you do so, you will feel better about yourself.

Be a good mother; it is good for your soul.

Show respect. Stay in school. Love and kindness will go a long way.

Take one day at a time; take the good with the bad.

Take care of your body. Love your pets.

Use what God gave you. Be kind to others.

Believe in God. Pray, pray, pray. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow; one day at a time. Love your neighbor. Be thankful for what you have. Tell your husband you love him. Your children are a gift from God; let them know you love them. Put God first. Be a friend. Don’t go to bed angry.

Stay fit. Old age is hard on your body. Take care of yourself and your family.

Work hard. Live easy. Play hard. Share a smile.

Love isn’t something you find; love is something that finds you.

Speak softly, but carry a big stick.

Never give up on the human race; we are all related under the skin.

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