Advice to the Young from Those Who Have Been There

I led a Sunday school class of the elderly members of our church right before high school graduation last year. The class members had conducted the business of the church for many years and served as living examples to the rest of us in how to live a life of faith and service. I knew this class well, as my mother had been a member for many years before she died. The group has gotten smaller over the years, but its members hold together in their faith in God and their love for one another. I asked the folks in the class that morning to share their wisdom with the graduating high school seniors. They had some wonderful advice, which many of us could benefit from following. Whether you are young or old, whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or of any other faith, these are some great words to live by as we embark on another year in this life.

Happy New Year! ~Melanie Lee

Elderly Care Orlando FL - Advice to the Young from Those Who Have Been ThereMama, Kathryn “Katie” Bush, is pictured at our cabin in NC, writing as usual. Her pen name was Golden Writer.


1. Get to know as much as you can while you are at school, and then when you go to work, you don’t have to work as hard.

2. As you go off to school, remember God is going with you, even though you might not want him along. He has promised he will never leave you. I know he keeps his promise.

3. Fall in love with a best friend, because you have a good foundation for a loving marriage.

4. Love God. Love your neighbor. Above all, love yourself.

5. Do the best you can in every situation, remembering you are a child of God.

6. You will find joy and satisfaction if you can bring a little pleasure into the life of each person you meet. Hold Jesus’ words in your heart at all times, and treat all with kindness, patience, forgiveness – with love. Just to know you have brightened someone’s life will bring peace and happiness to your own soul.

7. Faith is the hope for things unseen. Fight the good fight of Faith. Hope and believe!

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About Kim Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Kim Lee is the President and Administrator. Kim earned his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Kim practiced law as a shareholder for the prominent Orlando firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, et al. for many years, and then as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department for Bogin, Munns & Munns. In 2001, Kim joined Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national Durable Medical Equipment company with annual sales of $500 million. The Rotech Board appointed him Chief Legal Officer in 2013. Kim has chaired a nonprofit board and volunteered in many capacities, including key leadership roles in his downtown Orlando church. As leader of Flourish in Place, Kim combines many years of legal experience as an attorney, and business acumen as a national healthcare company senior executive, with a strong passion for the mission of helping others flourish.
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