Our recent November 6th election had people pointing fingers in every direction. One candidate telling us why we should not vote for their opponent and the opponent telling us why we should not vote for the other candidate. The news and social media were mostly about the negatives. There was very little positive.
If we are always tuned to the latest news stories and social media, this electronic rudeness seems to be the foundation of much of what transpires in our culture. However, don’t be fooled. There is still real goodness in the world. Today’s story authored by Rose Minutaglio, is about two people who found remarkable love. Here they are below…Isabell and Preble Staver.
Isabell and Preble met in the 1940’s and were married in 1946. They were married for 71 years. Even after all this time together they would still take naps together just holding hands. It was clear they deeply loved each other and had loved each other through all their years together.
One morning Isabell died. She was 95. Preble’s daughter told him that his wife had just passed away and that “It’s OK for you to let go now”. Meaning, of course, that it is OK for Preble to pass away. His job on earth was complete. At about 8 PM on that same evening Preble passed away. Together for 71 years both husband and wife passed away on the same day. They existed for each other. Preble spent his life making certain his wife was OK and Isabell did all she could to take care of Preble through the years.
When you hear this story don’t you just wonder about your priorities? Don’t you wonder why as a culture we spend so much time on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram instead of taking time to talk with our spouse or children about something important to them? Do you wonder if the best use of our limited time on earth is to engage in rude interactions about politics? We spend our time talking about things with so little lasting value.
Preble and Isabell got it right. They knew that life was about kindness, generosity, selflessness, and love. They spent a lifetime refining these traits and caring for each other and their family.
We can all learn many lessons from the Stavers. Let’s spend less time watching funny videos on Facebook, less time staging the perfect shot on Instagram, and less time arguing with people on Twitter. Instead let’s focus on things that enrich our lives, the lives of those in our families, and the lives of those who cross our path.