Take the time to help your elders

Sometimes it is as simple as holding the door for someone, helping a person grab something off of a shelf, shoveling a driveway or just spending time listening and talking. It doesn’t take much to be a good person and I was reminded of this when I myself got frustrated trying to explain to my elderly father how to add contacts to his email.

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I got aggravated because I couldn’t figure out how to add the contacts since he used a different email provider than me. He saw my frustration and told me not to worry about it. I left flustered and then it hit me as I sat in my car on the way home. I was rushing and I didn’t even give him the time of day because I was busy and annoyed because I couldn’t get it quickly.

It did nothing to help him or the situation and I went back the next day after remembering there is a thing called Google that would in fact help me find the direct answers I needed to help my dad.

This beautiful infographic helped lay out step by step easier than I could have explained. I sent him this and then made a dinner date with him so we could catch up. Sometimes the smallest thing (like adding email contacts to a list) can make you realize what is actually important in life. My dad won’t always be here to ask me for help and when I think about it in that context, I am always humbled.



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