There comes a time in life when all gifts fall short in comparison to the ever priceless gift of time.
Throughout our adult life, we shower our parents and our elders with expensive & luxurious material commodities. At the receiving end, our parents and our elders are not so very touched by the price tag of these gifts, but the gesture they represent. The gesture of love, care, and thoughtfulness.
Now fast forward a few decades, a pattern begins to emerge.
Knowingly or unknowingly, as we become increasingly engrossed in our own lives, the very cause of our existence and thriving lives, our very parents and our elders, become the last people on our mind!
As kids, the absence of our mother for as little as a few short hours, would turn our worlds upside down. At that point no candy, cookie or toy could bring us any comfort until we catch the glimpse of our mothers. Yet sadly as matured adults, days, weeks, months and at times even years may go by without us speaking to our parents, let alone holding their hands and hugging them.
Our once strong and invincible parents, now have grown frail. It is not so much the material gifts that they look for, rather spending some quality time with their children.
We cannot turn the clock back, but we can amend our ways going forward. Let’s start exercising some good old fashion remedy to bring back smiles on the long awaiting and tired faces.
Let’s share the single most priceless gift, the gift of time with our parents and our elders.
Let them recall and share those long forgotten anecdotes of our childhood, they so tightly have hung on to as the most precious savings of their lives.
Let’s never underestimate the power of spending time and giving that human touch to our elders.
A simple “hello, how are you, how was your day” can be the most potent medicine they need.
In the process, we will discover how much we can learn about them and from them to yet better our own lives.