Wright Words: Elderly woman sends message to the world: 'Everything happens for a reason'

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  • Laura Jane Hilton Head, SC
    July 10, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    I love stories from the elderly. My favorite movies seem to always be when an old person takes you to way back then. It keeps me checked on really how important keeping journals, staying in touch with old friends, and above all, living our lives to the fullest degree that our creator intended. Thanks again for this story.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 9, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    I believe very strongly that elderly people are some of the best sources of wisdom we can find. They have been through the fire. They have made it this far, scars and all. They are our eye into the past, and they are willing to share their stories and wisdom. We can't fathom what the world was really like 80 or 90 or 100 years ago. Yet we still have people living that were also living then. I enjoy talking with them. They can possibly enlighten our future by telling stories of the past. I am sure that the older they get, the more difficult it gets. But they press on.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    July 9, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    I teach a lesson at an assisted living place each month and attend weekly. I LOVE those people! They have so much to offer, as others have said above. And I do feel so much better when I leave, even if it's just a feeling of peace and love for them. They are so sweet and we lose some dear souls every month. But they are wonderful and your article was just precious. Thank you so much! People don't know what they're missing when they don't visit these places, even if there's no one you know there......

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Nice lady! I do think, however, it's the worst advice to say "live every day as if it were your last".
    Makes no sense.
    If it were my last day I certainly wouldn't go to work, I wouldn't let my kids go to school, I wouldn't save any money for the future. I'd spend all day playing and laughing and having fun with my family...and blowing through a lot of money! What kind of a life would that be to do that day after day?
    Better advice might be to live as if you were going to live an eternity, and the things you do every day affect your eternal well being. That might allow you to "not sweat the small stuff" and concentrate on balancing eternal goals...family, faith, work, joy, love, service...

  • Vala Johnson Harlem, Montana
    July 9, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Thank you for a wonderful story. And the picture of 3 elderly ladies walking side by side down the sidewalk was priceless. It brought a smile to my heart, as did the story.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    July 9, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    I recently had the privilege of sitting with an elderly woman at a care center because I felt that she needed a visit. Half of the time we sat without sharing conversation but the peace that I felt was what I really needed that day. I left with the feeling that she did more for me than I did for her.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 9, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    Good story. I've been thinking about purpose, and every body has a a purpose. I wondered what My purpose ie/was.

  • Farr West OGDEN, UT
    July 9, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Awesome story Jason. Thanks for sharing!