Give them the gift of time

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By Alex Cook

There’s no better gift for a grandparent or any loved one than your undivided time and attention.

One of the most profound concepts I’ve learned recently involves reshaping how one thinks about time.

Jesse Itzler, who wrote Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, wrote a second book about living with monks for 15 days. During an interview with Joe Rogan, he shared one of the outcomes of his journey:

My parents are 88, ok? I have a good relationship with my parents … they live in Florida. Let’s say my parents live to be 92. I hope they live longer, but let’s say they live 5 years.

I don’t have 5 years left with my parents. I see my parents twice a year. That means I have 10 visits with my parents. So when I started to look at shit like that, I made significant changes.

Like, ok, I’m gonna get on my plane and see my parents and when I’m in those moments, my feet are on the ground. That’s where I am. Because I have a limited amount of time with them.

Our time with our loved ones is precious and this is a simple and beautiful way to think about it.