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Paying It Forward To Seniors

Paying It Forward To Seniors.

This time of year is the perfect time to start new behavior and pay it forward in some small way every single day! sparkle

We hear a lot about children and how we can help which is a wonderful and very important activity. 

Let's add our seniors to that list of people who would really appreciate some special treatment.

A holiday or New Years dinner, some cookies, a bouquet of flowers... something sweet to tell them they are important and valued.

It is my understanding from a long time ago, Tony Robbins tape that Shaquel O'Neil and his dad asked 3 questions every day which my family and I have enjoyed subscribing to.

The three questions they asked daily, were:

1.  Who were you nice to today?

2.  What did I learn today?

3.  How was I better to day than yesterday?

A great way to keep track of progress is to actually keep a journal on each daily question.

When reviewing your week there is no better inspiration for the next week than reading about the good you have done, what you have learned and how you have improved. 

This holiday season we took a turkey dinner to senior friends in Flagstaff, Arizona along with cookies and a floral arrangement.  We made a Christmas dinner for some senior friends in Aurora, Colorado at their home with everything from the ham to cherry pie.  The icing on the cake for us was making the pea soup from the ham bone which was their favorite soup and putting all the left overs in bags they could freeze. 

The slide show below shows you just how easy it is to make someone's day special and make them feel important and valued. 

There is still time to go to your favorite grocery store... get a roasted chicken, turkey breast, ham and the fixin's with a little sizzle to start the New Year out right! 

As we roll into 2012 think about a daily good deed.

Consider the idea of sharing the three question program in your home, your school, your faith organization or philanthropic group.

By paying it forward, we all make the world a better place. 


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Comment balloon 12 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • December 22 2011 06:11PM


Carra:  Your reminder regarding the "little gifts" of life is very timely.  Especially for seniors.  I have Suggested your post so as many as possible have a chance to read it .. and act upon it.

Happy Holidays to you and your entire family, Carra.  You have been a true gift to me ever since I met you here on AR ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 8 years ago

Gene ~  I am so humbled and sincerely appreciate you and what you share with me and the world..... Thank you Gene.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago


That makes a lot of sense, and it would be fun.

And, why not be nice to seniors!


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Brian ~  Now that is what I am talkin about!  Adopt one today!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Carra a great reminder I hadn't made my trip to my mom's old nursing home this year.  Still time to drop off cookies tomorrow.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Cindy ~  so happy to read your inspiration. We are going to my husbands mother's nursing home this holiday at least twice a day.. not only do the seniors appreciate a smile and a nod so do the loving people who provide the care.  You just made me think and I am going to take a huge tray over for all the workers.  See here we go helping one another across the miles!  Thank you.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

My elderly neighbor lady is suffering from dementia after a stroke - or maybe just suffering from "I gave up," - I'm not too sure.

Either way, it's hard to find something to give her at Christmas. Tonight it hit me... She may not want to converse with anyone any more, and she has all the "things" anyone could want, but she does love chocolate. 

So I made a batch of fudge that I'll deliver tomorrow.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 8 years ago

OMG, I am a senior, someone could be nice to me!!!!! Hi Carra and Tom, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Carra how come your picture never ages. You are forever young because of your kindness and thoughfulness to others. I am sure of it. Hope all is well with you and yours. Hope to see you again should we cross paths in Colorado or Arizona. Keep up the good work. Peter

Posted by Peter over 8 years ago

Marte~  How wonderful... how thoughtful.. now that is what I am talkin about! 

Peter~  ok.. give me a hint.... Peter???? Klayman??? Peter, Peter PLEASE.. e-mail me so we can connect and catch up... I would love to be nice to you!  How fun is this... give me some clues! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Carra, when my kids were little, we would go to nursing homes to sing Christmas carols. Haven't done that in a long time. Too late this year for Christmas carols but it's never too late to remember those in these situations. Thank you for the gentle reminder.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago


Thank you for your continuous encouragment to keep giving of ourselves, our time and our efforts. Many of us take this wonderful country for granted forgetting those who gave of themselves and sacrificed so that we could have a better life than they did. Hope 2012 exceeds all your hopes and dreams my friend.


Posted by Aubrey Kahn (Firm Foundation Home Inspections Inc) over 8 years ago

Aubrey ~  I think it is great when we can all encourage each other.  You show us the way with things to be mindful of on inspections with applies to homes we own or are buying or selling which helps everyone with homeownerhip.  Thank you for all you do to help others too! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago