When I ran across the story of Keith Davison, I knew I had to share it. Rarely do you find a person of any age able to take such a creative, open-minded approach to healing his own grief.
Davison, 94, is a retired judge in Minnesota, whose wife of 65 years passed away last year. After months of sadness, loss and suffering, Davison had a crazy idea for bringing back some joy to his days. He installed a full-size, in-ground swimming pool in the backyard of his suburban home. Then, crazier still, he invited ALL of the neighborhood children to play in it, every day, all summer long. The only rule he imposed was that a parent or grandparent had to accompany the children. Now, Davison spends his afternoons visiting with the neighbors, listening to giggling children, and watching the kids play “Marco Polo”. He told a reporter, “(Now), I'm not sitting by myself looking at the walls.” Davison asked, “What else would you think of doing where you could have a whole bunch of kids over every afternoon?”
Check out the scene in the video here.
The lesson is clear, right? Not everyone can build a pool and spend all day hanging out with grateful neighbors, but every one of us has the option to reach out to the world, invite in the things that make us happy, and continue finding ways to appreciate our time on the planet.