I met my 102 year old grandfather. What he did not ask surprised me

Wise words distilling what matters.

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Zest for Life

My 9 and 5 year-old daughters wanted to take a picture with great grandpa after the customary hugs. He was seated on his bed. He was holding his cup of coffee. When I told him I am going to take a picture, he told me to wait. He gulped his coffee, gave the cup and asked me if he was facing the camera in the right direction. I adjusted his face. He gave a big smile.

As I drove back, I was stuck by the one question he did not ask.

In all those quiet moments together, one on one, he never asked me about my work.

“So often like this…. he would come upon something — beautiful beyond all words, if there had been a soul with whom to share it. Beauty is meaningless until it is shared.”

― George Orwell, Burmese Days

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