The Joys of Friendship by Robin Trimingham
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
They say you don’t know who your friends are until you have a problem. I have always supposed that to be true and the number of people who performed tiny random acts of kindness in my life during the last week have really confirmed my belief in this statement.
It started with my decision that I need to move to a larger house as soon as possible so that I can have a proper home office to work in. Normally this would be very difficult to arrange as there are limited dwellings to choose from on my tiny island and I had a lease that does not expire until next spring; but thanks to the kindness and cooperation of four people (two of whom I have not even met personally) I have found a new place to live and a new tenant has been found for my current dwelling enabling me to make arrangements to move to a place that fits my needs in every way imaginable.
Equally amazing to me is the delicious slice of pumpkin that I had for dinner – part of a large bag that was presented to me by the guy who pumps gas into my car every week at the local gas station. I see him briefly and always give him $2.00 for his help – this week he surprised me with fresh pumpkin and a big smile, both of which I greatly appreciated.
This week also marks the third anniversary of the Olderhood International Club Philippines. Now boasting more than five hundred members, this enthusiastic group hold regular face to face meetings as well as celebrating holidays and organizing excursions. It is amazing to see what a first meeting of thirty complete strangers in a Starbucks in Manila has become. Bill Storie and I are both overwhelmed by the dedication and planning of the OIC committee headed by Rose Arguil and we eagerly look forward to attending their Annual General Meeting on Saturday via skype.
Lastly, I want to thank my Olderhood co-founder and business partner Bill Storie for believing that Olderhood could grow to become a real company that helps people prepare for, and enjoy a better life all around the world.
His passion and tireless energy are a source of constant inspiration and it is a privilege to work with him. He is largely responsible for our huge success on Facebook and spends many hours sourcing original content for our followers. If you are reading this article, please click this link to the Olderhood Facebook page and like one of his posts to let him know just how many friends he has. Better yet, invite someone new to join OIC or follow us on Facebook and help us continue to grow.
By Robin Trimingham