I read an email about two people and change. I didn’t hear the story from both sides but I could see that one is ready for change and one resists.

It struck me that in work and life growth is essential. I once lived next to a ninety-two year man, Mr Gardiner, who told me “I can’t live in the past, I need to invest like I will live ten more years.” Curiosity and connectedness seem to me to be what make for vibrant lives.

We can never fix others, but the best part of being willing to change is we can fix ourselves.

Sometimes I take my own advice…


30 Comments on “change”

  1. bert0001 says:

    A beautiful post I forgot to appreciate in a reply …

  2. mindfuldiary says:

    Absolutely spot on message. We can only change ourselves. Your last line made me smile. Have a great weekend Bill! 🙂

  3. I like this advice myself.

  4. Sometimes I like it, too! Great post, thanks!

  5. Bumba says:

    Interesting thought. Thanks.

  6. I was always told that the only constant that we can depend on is change…
    I like what Mr. Gardiner said.

    • billgncs says:

      he was a gentle soul, and I knew him when I was about 22 and he 92. He and his wife had no children and had been married about seventy years. They had all their wedding presents, silver and crystal in a hutch, and they found the names of the families that had given it to them and where they could sent the heirlooms to the giver’s families children and grandchildren.

  7. Shannon says:

    Your advice is always good! 🙂 …except that time you suggested I try jumping off of Grandma’s roof. THUD. Hahaha.

  8. It’s always easier to tell others to change than to change yourself.


  9. A 92-year-old who is planning for the next decade — that’s impressive!

    • billgncs says:

      he didn’t make it, but the sense of his remark was that no mater what he wasn’t giving up. He was such a quiet well mannered gentleman but he pursued his passions, investing and reading with vigor.

  10. Clanmother says:

    I think I will follow your good advice….

    • billgncs says:

      🙂 — I’m not smart enough to give advice, ( except to my kids ), but the one thing I learned is don’t offer advice unasked for.

      I just tell my stories and thoughts.

  11. Change is always easier when you’re the one advocating for it and it blows cookie chunks when someone else is…yes i said blows cookie chunks!

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