Appreciate Our Older Generation --How We Can Learn From Their Experience
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The United States is very youth oriented, and sometimes we overlook our elders and how important they are in our society.
In America we focus on remaining youthful, and aging, although a natural process, is something we try to avoid. The media hypes this idea through advertising and images plastered across billboards and tv screens. We all want to remain young and beautiful, but I think aging also has some benefits.
Older people, parents and grandparents, are wise. Having lived many years our seniors have experience, and experience is often the best teacher. They know first-hand what it's like to live through tragedies and triumphs, times of war and peace, both personally and as a member of a society.They are a living testament that peope survive through the good and bad.
Many elders also exhibit a sense of calm. Because they have lived through so many events, both historical and personal, older people realize that life goes on despite adversities. For many, fears about what could happen have been replaced with a sense of acceptance, and, with acceptance comes peace.
Younger people often fail to acknowledge the wisdom of their elders. Once we become adults, and later parents, we sometimes believe we have learned the important things to get us through life and our parents and grandparents can teach us no more. Not true! Consider this example: the mother with the newborn who suddenly gets sick calls her mom (or grandma) because she knows the older woman has cared for sick children. The older woman knows when it's time to consult with a doctor because she is familiar with childhood illnesses because of experience she acquired raising her own family. Also, the older woman is more likely to remain calm; she has lived through this experience. The elder woman, whether a mother or grandma, can give advice in a calm manner, and in turn, calms the fears of the young mother. The elder woman is wise and knows what to do for both the child and the mother.
As people get older in our society, we tend to ignore them and shut them away. Perhaps we should recognize and celebrate their wisdom and allow them to share their gifts with us and our children.
At one point in my career I worked at a school for Native American children. What really impressed me about the Native American culture was how much the younger people valued their elders. They looked up to their elders and respected them.
I hope I can pass this lesson on to my children.
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