The Nice Thing About Strangers

Non-Fiction Short Stories. Travel, oldsters, love, moments worthy of pause. Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Do Envy the Oldsters

From this one may see that there is no reason to pity the old people. Instead, young people should envy them. It is true that the old have no opportunities, no possibilities in the future. But they have more than that. Instead of possibilities in the future, they have realities in the past–the potentialities they have actualizes, the meanings they have fulfilled, the values they have realized–and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.

-Viktor Frankl. Man’s Search for Meaning.
(This book is a wonderful, life-changer, and a call to action that can move the reader in a multitude of ways.)
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11 comments on “Do Envy the Oldsters

  1. joannerambling
    June 2, 2014

    Yes I do

  2. M-R
    June 2, 2014

    Right on, Paige ! :-D

    • :) I always have my eye on seasoned citizens out and about, and I love to hear about their lives and experiences. I think it’s also heartening just to think that all of us along the way take opportunities and make something that we get to carry along. It’s a great way of thinking about positive experiences and suffering that has shown us who we are. :)
      Paige

      • M-R
        June 3, 2014

        Tell me about it …

  3. kiwiskan
    June 3, 2014

    but I have to disagree – my future is still full of possibilities, and will be until I die…

    • Maureen,
      I thought that as well when I read Frankl’s passage, but I think it’s a “wait for it” moment and addresses the perceptions of the young whippersnappers. :) Most of the older people I know are living lives of great giving, opportunity, and generosity.
      Thanks,
      Paige

  4. Leya
    June 3, 2014

    :-) Only when you stop being curious – life is over!

  5. heavenhappens
    June 4, 2014

    My Words of advice from a learner oldie to the young is to –
    travel as much as you can and meet real people- look, listen and learn-
    Only stay if the people and the place bring you happiness and peace

    • This is truly lovely advice! I have been fortunate enough to meet nice people anywhere that I roam. Very blessed. And to meet wonderful people like you, as well. :)
      Paige

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