When we look back at our earlier days in life it is easy for some to romanticize about that time period. While, there are good things from each generation, some of these gems are hard to dismiss as not essential in any age. The following are three things I believe we should always implement anywhere or anytime.
- Be polite and patient with others.
In the hustle of everyday life, many things must be done in a short period of time. Deadlines, are just a way of life. Senior citizens always seem to be present in the moment. I know, some of you will say, they are retired and do not have any deadlines. To some extent this is true, but maybe they have learned to slow down and do something right the first time. I raised my kids telling them there is no excuse to be rude. Most deadlines are self-imposed. Slow down, be patient and above all things be polite.
- Do I really need to buy this right now?
I could fill a warehouse with the number of things I have purchased on the spur of the moment, only to find them in a garage sale (I suppose today it might be Craigslist). Many of our senior citizens grew up during the Depression Era. Things didn’t get replaced, they were repaired. There was a real need to price items and think about buying before making the purchase. I seriously doubt our grandparents would believe one day we would spend $4.00 plus for a cup of coffee. Growing up my kids would tell me, Dad it is only $____, you can fill in the blanks. I told my kids, $3.00 is the same today and tomorrow, regardless of what you are purchasing. I wonder how much money has been given away to items I barely used?
- If you want to win someone’s heart, write them a letter
I love the modern conveniences that technology has provided for us. I remember trying to get in touch with someone in the 1970’s and the frustration of just trying to find their address or phone number. Yet, I learned to write letters at an early age. I remember being in Japan in 1994 while in the Marine Corps and writing my wife every night before I went to bed. Calling was out of the question with it being $2.00 plus per minute to talk on the phone. I confess it took time and was a great deal more work, but it was so meaningful. We sent thank you notes. We wrote letters to our grandparents. We were forced to communicate this way, but now I realize the value of a written letter. Gentlemen, if you want to know the way to your girl’s heart, write her a letter. She will most likely save with all her most valuable items.
There aren’t any good old days. All our days we are alive can be amazing, we are the ones that determine their worth. Yet, a look back at a simpler time might just teach us that truly “The best things in life are free”. What are some of your best memories of your younger life?