…is built with good relationships.
So says Robert Waldinger in this much-watched Ted Talk.
Joe Brolly comes to similar conclusions in this article about GAA communities and residents of the small town of Roseto 90 miles outside New York.
Declan Harte had booked tickets for himself and his mother to come to a recent gig of ours. His mother hurt herself and couldn’t make it. Declan was determined that his mother would get to hear me play anyway and so he asked me and he asked Georgie (written about in these pages before) to come to the Nazareth Care Centre and play for his mother Pat (centre, below) and other residents.
We had a magic afternoon. Residents singing with their children and grandchildren, with each other, with staff. Music – bringing a room of all ages into the one space. The breaking up of the day. People spending time with those they love.
All because one man wanted to look after his mother. He now plans to make this a regular event, and more power to him.
Look after the relationships in your life and they will go a long way towards looking after everything else.