When you look back at your life, what will have mattered most to you? What if we considered this possibility now? We decided to ask the people who live at Merrill Gardens to share their wisdom with us and we are so pleased to introduce our Words from the Wise video series. Through these interviews with residents, we celebrate their lifetime of experiences and the joy that’s possible at every stage of life.
Words from the Wise gives Merrill Gardens residents center stage as they share their insight with candor in our first video focusing on advice for young people. These seniors speak from the heart as they share what really matters.
We’ve traveled to our communities for the past few months to bring this video series to life. We asked lots of questions and it’s been truly enlightening. Talking to people who who were born in the 1920’s and giving them an opportunity to reflect on their lives and share what they have learned is a privilege. Its also been a whole lot of fun to set up our cameras, ask some questions and just see where it goes!
We hope these videos in some small way communicate the life stories and experiences of those who came before us. As they share their dearest thoughts and reflect on their lives, we can learn so much in return. Its such an honor for us to share these stories.
“My advice is… pick the way you are going to go and don’t be deterred. If its what you really want, stick up for it.. and do it.” Leta Mertes, born in 1923
“I have always been a great advocate of paying it forward. I think if we help our fellow human beings and require that they help someone down the line, that would go a long way in curing the ills that we have… if people would just take a better attitude towards each other.” Tom Tompkins, born in 1926
“You meet people from all walks of life, and you learn a lot about yourself by meeting other people. They come from all over the world, the country and everything like that… each one has a story to tell.” Joan and Vince Cangiano, born in 1926, married for 56 years For many of us, growing older is a scary thought and our society doesn’t always do a good job of honoring those who have come before us. We want our video series to shine a new light on the joy that comes from reflecting back on a life well lived. We think you will love getting to know the people we profile as much as we did!
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