Dear <<First Name>>
After several hours of signing my books at the local bookstore; my hips and back told me I’m too old for this kind of thing—my mind disagrees. However, my back sure thanked me when I slumped into my favourite chair with a glass of wine. I suspect the wine had something to do with the pain relief. I relaxed and watched one of my favourites movies, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which has absolutely given my age away and that’s okay. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it’s about retirees, retiring miles away from home and family to a hotel in India.
The one thing that struck me about this movie, was the importance of belonging, not just retirees but everyone. Belonging to a family or an interest group or friends makes us feel a part of something important. Often our families are fractured or not available which was the case in this movie. The hotel brought together eight very different people who had never met before and had nothing in common except retirement. A strong sense of belonging grew amongst them. They cared for each other, for the most part they were happy and excited about life, while still being themselves. Belonging to the group connected them in a way that is difficult to explain. The connection is on a deep level and I would venture to say—a connection of souls.