April 20

Words of Wisdom Based on Life’s Experiences

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

During this time when so many of us are impacted by stay-at-home, shelter-in-place and quarantine directives, we have been posting Blogs that highlight responses to questions we have been asking residents of the senior living, assisted living and memory care communities Gardant manages.

Our first Blog focused on memories of their childhood. The second on their favorite television shows and movies; what they did for fun; and their fondest memories. In the third Blog, we looked at the kinds of music they liked, the pets they had, and the biggest changes they have seen in the world.

Here are links to the three Blogs: 

Blog 1

Blog 2

Blog 3 

This week, we are posting Blogs that highlight the responses residents had to this question: Based on your life’s experiences, what words of wisdom would you like to share?

Here are some of the responses:

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Start your day with three positive thoughts.

Be thankful for what you have, especially your family. I would be lost without them.

No matter how bad things are, this too shall pass.

Respect others and call them by name. Practice good hygiene. Practice healthy habits. Practice what you preach. Honesty is the best way to live. Try to help others and don’t expect anything in return. If you are having a problem, physically or mentally, don’t hesitate to ask for help. In marriage, stick to your marriage vows; communicate your problems; compromise.

Always look on the bright side of things.

Always keep God first in your life.

Always be yourself. Don’t hurt anyone.

Forgiveness is one of the keys to peace of mind.

You cannot un-ring a bell. Being mad at someone is a waste of time.

It pays to be friendly to people and to talk to them because there is plenty of wisdom out there and its helpful.

Love your children and talk to them. Tell them all about you and your husband’s life. Write down or keep a journal about their early years. Show your feelings, especially during your children’s growing up years.

Travel around the world while young. Family is everything; spend time with them while you can. Don’t forget to enjoy life. Smiles change people’s day.

Make the most of time with the family.

Live well; laugh a lot; love with passion.

Spend time with your children.

If you have two true friends in your lifetime, you are lucky.

Travel around. Find love. Dance, it keeps you loose. Find music that you love.

Try to be happy and make others happy. Always laugh.

Laugh, don’t cry – it doesn’t do any good.

Greet the day with good humor.

Always remember that God didn’t make junk.

My favorite words of wisdom are from an Eleanor Roosevelt quote – “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Be happy. Be kind to one another. A lot more love and a lot less hate.

Do good in school and don’t give up. You need education.

Get an education; the more the better.

Go to school; it’s really needed. Find love wherever you can find it.

You can never drink too much coffee.

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