Keith Brooks
International Business Executive Living and Working in Israel

Hope When You Get Older…

You don’t treat your older friends like you are still in high school.

                                                                             You’d think by the age of 70 or 80, people can see the long game, but sadly it is not true.

You can walk without assistance.

                                                                                     And help your friends who need assistance and be a mensch.

You remember how your parents, grandparents or great grandparents were treated by their friends.

                                                                      And do your best to either pass that on,                  or do the opposite, the choice is yours.

You still get together with your friends regularly like the previous 20 years.

                                             And not give up on the people at your table because                      you fear their demise, which will be your own as well.

They let you drive.

                                            So you can drive your friends who no longer can drive to the store, the movies or to your weekly poker game.

You don’t fear lawsuits from your friends should they fall in your house.

                                 In previous years they could have fallen too, you still have the same insurance you always had on your house.

You still invite the same friends you had every year for a Super Bowl party.

                  That also happens to be on or near their birthday, because that’s what friends do for other friends.

You remember this and think about it on Yom Kippur and ask forgiveness from your friends before it is too late for you to do so.

Baruch Hashem my grandparents are alive and well today my Grandpa Chick turns 99 and my Grandma Fran just turned 96 in December, they should both live to 120.

Maybe כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה is not so universal, and it makes me and my family upset to hear that this is what has happened to my grandparents in a community they have lived for the last 30 years.

About the Author
Keith Brooks made Aliyah in 2014 with his wife, 3 kids, and their dog. Keith writes about his Aliyah, Israel and Jewish life in general. Keith is CEO of B2B Whisperer, helping executives become better speakers and presenters. Keith advises B2B companies on their strategy as it relates to sales, pricing, marketing and competitive intelligence. Keith is a MassChallenge Israel mentor, an HCL Ambassador.
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