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The years can often be unkind, as loved one pass away and we are left to carry on without them; even still, we are presented with opportunities to meet new people, reminding us that we are not alone in this world, and that if we allow it, we can see that the best truly is yet to come. Check out this episode of On a Positive Note to learn more.
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00:15 Joke about growing older
00:37 Insight about growing older
01:27 Positive news story about an elderly woman who made thousands of new friends
03:01 Insight about meeting new friends
03:30 Reflection question
03:44 Wrap up
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Good News Network. (2020, December 24). “Lonely grandma receives over 1,000 Christmas cards from around the world restoring her faith in human nature.” Retrieved from
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Hi everyone! Jonas Cain here with Hashtag Positivity, and welcome to On a Positive Note, the podcast that offers hope through positive news stories, practical insights, and even a little levity.
And on that note it brings us to today’s joke about an elderly woman who was asked about the best part of growing older. She replied: “The nice thing about aging and losing your memory is you get to meet new friends every day!”
Even though this is just a joke, it does point to the truth. The years can often be unkind, as loved one pass away and we are left to carry on without them; even still, we are presented with opportunities to meet new people. And who knows? Maybe the very people we haven’t met yet will turn out to be the very best of friends. And perhaps most interesting of all, maybe these new friends are people we have already met, but just haven’t taken the time to get to truly get know them yet, serving as an encouraging reminder that perhaps there is some truth to the notion that the best truly is yet to come.
And on that note it brings us to today’s positive news story which comes to us from Fife, Scotland where a 92-year-old great-great grandmother has received over a thousand Christmas cards from around the world.
The woman, Nancy Letham, says that in recent years she usually only receives four cards or so around the holidays, since most of her friends have since passed away.
Hearing this, one of Nancy’s granddaughters, Leo Sheppard, decided to do something about it and posted an appeal online. The granddaughter said she expected maybe 40 or so cards to come in from the local area, but her grandmother was soon receiving over 50 cards a day from all over the world, including Portugal, India, Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, the United States, and beyond.
The granddaughter said, “It’s just really nice to see how many people have taken the time. It’s not just cards, people are writing letters and letting her know about their lives and struggles. It’s letting my gran know that she’s not alone in the world.”
Nancy says that she never expected such a thing would happen and that the experience has returned her faith in humanity.
The years can often be unkind, as loved one pass away and we are left to carry on without them; even still, we are presented with opportunities to meet new people, reminding us that we are not alone in this world, and that if we allow it, we can see that the best truly is yet to come.
How might you use Nancy’s story to connect with others and continue to make new friends through the years?
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Until next time, my name is Jonas Cain and this has been another episode of On a Positive Note.
Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship providing social emotional knowledge, skills, and resources to help emerging leaders and their influencers experience greater clarity, confidence, courage, and joy in their life, work, and relationships.