“Get out of the way Nancy Pelosi?” This is new era folks. Don’t get me wrong. I am here to inspire you. My goal is to also let you know what stops you from success. However, in honor of our wise elders. I wanted to ask you to ask yourself what is our issue with wisdom? Why do we push the older out of the way?
In many other cultures we honor the elderly. In a recent article by the Huffington Post, 7 Cultures That Celebrate Aging And Respect Their Elders. The article points out “Physical signs of human aging tend to be regarded with distaste, and aging is often depicted in a negative light in popular culture, if it is even depicted at all.” Here is another great article about aging: 15 Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Aging.
For example, we know Asian and native America culture accept death as a fact of life. Younger members of the family have a duty to care for the aging members of the family. And even outside the family unit, Koreans are socialized to respect and show deference to older individuals as well as authority figures. Many Indians live in joint family units, with the elders acting as the head of the household. We see this in Indian and African American cultures. Rather then dismissing the elderly in a fearful way or to ignore them is a huge tragedy for our children. And trust me when I say they are watching and absorbing like a sponge.
In a metaphorical way when we ignore our elders, we are ignoring the cycle of life and our own mortality. We see business do this when they opt for what I call the 40/40 club or the hire young people model at a cheaper rate. I am sure there execs very proud of this. However, what it does is send us a message that experience and wisdom are less important. The older I get, the more I realize how cherishing our elders is a way to cherish ourselves, our own personal growth and our own mortality.
I am grateful for you. I am thankful for you and your spirit. As we grow and evolve, we must embrace the elderly as we embrace our children. It is our mothers, our great grandmothers and our Sister. that will teach us ancient legends and truth. It is truly a mindset to cherish the “elderly” and lean into their guidance and not away from it. To deny this is to deny ourselves.
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