Annemarie is a true inspiration to those around her. Everywhere she goes, children are drawn to her. She has the ability to make them feel as ease, to make them feel known. I have observed how they immediately begin telling her about their lives, their concerns, as if they are having an intimate conversation with an old and trusted friend. It's really quite extraordinary.
As she reflected recently on what it was like to be an elder in this society, she reminded me that although there are many things that are difficult about growing old, there are many things that simply don't change: our capacity for giving and receiving love being the one thing that continues to always become richer. "If there are two words that would express the wisdom I would like to share," she told me. "It would be this: 'Love Honestly'." Can you think of any better way to live one's life?
May your own journey be as abundant, inspiring and full of love,