A Mean­ing­ful LIFE

Activated - - NEWS - By Mag Rayne Mag Rayne runs a vol­un­teer as­so­ci­a­tion in Croa­tia.

My grand­mother wasn’t a ca­reer wo­man. In fact, she only held a job for six years in her en­tire life. When she got mar­ried, she and my grand­fa­ther couldn't af­ford for both of them to be away study­ing for five years, so al­though she'd hoped to at­tend col­lege, she re­mained at home with her hus­band's rel­a­tives, who un­for­tu­nately treated her quite harshly. She en­dured the sep­a­ra­tion and the un­kind rel­a­tives pa­tiently, with no com­plaint in her let­ters through­out the en­tire time.

My grand­fa­ther went on to have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a lawyer and judge, while Granny re­mained at home, tak­ing care of chil­dren—first her own twins, then nieces, and fi­nally grand­chil­dren. I spent ev­ery sum­mer, and a few school years as well, at my grand­par­ents' home.

Now 93, Granny is still a source of wis­dom, a pil­lar to lean on when one needs calm in this fast world, and a re­minder of what is re­ally im­por­tant in life. She has been one of the great­est role mod­els in my life, and though mostly con­fined to her apart­ment these days, she con­tin­ues to live through me and each of the oth­ers whom her life has greatly in­flu­enced.

At times, I won­der if it is pos­si­ble or worth all the ef­fort to be an in­flu­ence for good in this cruel world. Then I re­mem­ber my granny's poise, joy, in­ner peace, and con­tent­ment and I de­cide to do my best. If I can bring her good teach­ing and ex­am­ple to life in­side me, I can be a force for good as well.

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