Pearls of Wisdom from the Greatest Generation

Historically, the accumulated wisdom of elders within a tribe or village were the key to survival. The elders were the best source of tried and tested experience. They had been through many situations and were the trusted source of consultation for conventional wisdom and in times of crisis. Seeking advice, opinion or wisdom from others is what molds our personality, values, faith and provides guidance for living a full life. We’ve all looked for opinions from friends, family members and strangers in topics from relationships to careers to wagers. But, the shared advice from our grandparents is the most valuable.

Today’s seniors are living extraordinary lives and have gone through more experiences than today’s Generation X, Millennials or iGeneration. Their lives have encountered what psychologist Juan Pascual-Leon has termed “Ultimate Limit Situations” which include love, aging, friendships, failure, success, oppression, loss, and war. As a result of their era, the “Ultimate Limit Situations” they’ve encountered have matured into an unbridled amount of wisdom, knowledge, and senior truths.

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We sat down with our Members at Brightwater and had them share their best advice on a money, love, education, faith and general advice to live your life by. Their candid answers gave us unique insight into their incredible life experiences.

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5 Holiday Activities for The Whole Family

Family members come from far and wide to celebrate, eat, gift, and toast – it’s the magic of the holidays. Spending time with your family during the holidays is always time well-spent. Having activities which the whole family, young and old can participate in, is a challenge, so we created a list of 5 holiday activities for your whole family to enjoy together.

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1. Picking Out a Tree

Visiting a farm to choose that perfect tree is a great way to get the holiday season started right! Grab a cup of hot chocolate and meander through rows of trees with your family to pick out that perfect tree!

enjoying a holiday lights display

2. Enjoying a Holiday Lights Display

Walk or drive to a holiday lights display in your area! Whether you’re looking for a paid drive through display with a Christmas Village at the end or checking out a free display in a local neighborhood, it’s a joy to take in the lights! Let everyone in your party decide which ones were their favorite!

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3. Playing Games

In the evening after dinner, take a seat with your family at the dining room table or in the family room for game night! Whether it’s Monopoly, Scrabble or Charades, there’s bound to be laughs and someone who takes the game too seriously. For those adventurers, try one of the new favorites such as Codename, etc….

Cooking and Baking

4. Cooking and Baking

Chopping, Stirring, Mixing and Decorating! Putting together a family dinner or baking delicious goodies allows for quality time together. Bonus, you’ll also get a delicious meal and sweet treats at the end!

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5. Driving

Griswold family vacation time! Getting to your holiday destination with the whole family (plus the family dog) packed tight in the car might not seem exciting. But it’s time spent together reminiscing about fun times, singing, catching up on life events and speaking with each other makes everyone feel closer. There’s nothing more precious.