Some of the greatest wisdom available is the wisdom that is passed down from generation to generation. Make a day trip to visit your grandparents or an older family member. If you don’t live close to family or don’t have elderly family members, set up a lunch date with an elder member from your church or neighborhood. Ask questions, listen to their stories, and bring a journal to write things down. If you can bring something to record their stories, having audio or video of their life in their voice will be a treasure. Our parents, grandparents, and other elderly friends and neighbors have so much to teach us if we are just willing to listen. Even adults can learn new things from those who came before us. Make this a family practice, not just a one-time event. We can all benefit from listening to and learning from those who have gone before us.
(Be sure to download a photo scanning app to your phone. Scan old photos, letters, and documents your family member may show you. Be sure to write down all the information you can about the photo, letter, etc.)