Have you heard of and bought into the term of the 60's, the "Generation Gap"? What if it is a lie? What if it is meant to keep the wisdom and experience of the older generation from the strength, innovation and endurance of the younger generation? What if, instead, we were to honor each other and celebrate our differences instead of always looking for ways to segregate ourselves from each other? What if we found out we had more in common than not? How powerful could that end up being?
Perhaps, because like my earlier realization, I’m at a very unique period in my life where I can be considered not young any longer, but not yet old, I have the unique opportunity to look at both sides more objectively. So what I’m saying is that even though we may not talk the same language (or more precisely, use the same slang), listen to the same music, or dress the same, that doesn’t mean we have to criticize or be dismissive of one another. Instead, let’s face the facts that each generation has certain influence, resources, ideas, experience, power, strength and integrity. How much better would this world be if we could use our power for the united good?
So the next time we’re tempted to say, “Oh this younger generation has no work ethic, they’re so entitled!” maybe we should ask them what they do value, which is probably something similar to ours, they just look at it or approach it differently. Or how about when we’re tempted to say, “Oh the older generation just doesn’t get it, they’re so old fashioned!” maybe we should ask them why they think the “old” way of doing something is more valuable. Maybe we could find some gems of honor, respect and propriety in their ideas. Maybe we could just think of each other as in the same generation, and just appreciate what each of us brings to the table – period.
What is the payoff? I believe that will leave a legacy where the generations after us can stand on our shoulders rather than just walking in our footsteps. I know that’s what I want for my children…….and their children…..and so on……
-Tessa L. Charles