As seen on guideposts.org
In 2018, the Good Samaritan Society is collaborating with Guideposts magazine to bring you a new series, Living Longer, Living Better. We hope these stories of finding purpose — no matter your age or stage of life — help you find meaning and hope.
Watch the video to see how this active volunteer puts her life philosophy into action.
Marcie Palmer has been volunteering all her life and continues the habit in her retirement.
"I believe we need to keep busy and use our brains," she says. "If we don't, it will be a very dull life."
Among her strategies for keeping busy is visiting her friends and neighbors. She spends time every day with residents of her retirement community, whether they live on their own or have moved to the skilled care center.
Resident Terese Ortutay relies on those visits. "I am here alone," she says. "What would I do if I didn't have friends like Marcie to look after me? I'm thankful to God for friends like her."
Marcie was honored in June as the Good Samaritan Society volunteer champion at the organization's annual meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
New career at 64
It only took Richard Parra six decades to find his calling.
At a time when most people his age consider retirement, Richard was changing careers.
Watch the video below to learn how Richard discovered his purpose in life.
When you think about an active retirement, what do you picture?
Does it involve a new career?
Maybe it means spending time with family and friends.
We've collected a variety of stories to give a taste of the possibilities.
Lessons from a duck
What can we learn from a single duck on a nearly frozen pond? This devotional story focuses on the power each individual has for causing change in the lives of others.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10