I practice patience and compassion with my elders. I help them live independently. They teach me about living fully in the here and now. I honor the wisdom and experience of those who have lived long lives.
I offer kindness and understanding when interacting with an elder.
I recognize that their youth and vibrancy have faded. They might move slower than I do. They may have difficulty walking. They may forget things easily. But they are still real people who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
I resist the tendency to treat elders like children. I treat them like the mature adults that they are.
When they need assistance, I help my senior friends and neighbors just like anyone else. I stop by to check on their safety and wellbeing. I mow their lawn or shovel snow. I replace light bulbs that are too high for them to reach without a ladder.
I know that they have lived many years and have experienced so much in their life. Their wisdom goes beyond mine. I love for them to share their stories with me.
I recognize that elders are strong and independent in their own way, even if their bodies have aged. I show respect and love by treating them as equals. I am patient and respectful with them.
Today, I am grateful for my elders. I thank them for sharing their knowledge and experiences with me. I appreciate their contributions to society.
- Do I respect my elders?
- What can I do to show greater patience and compassion toward the elderly?
- How do I feel about becoming an elder myself?