I remember when the elderly in our society were well respected and treated with the utmost dignity and respect. I remember when people held doors open for older people. We gave up our chair when an older person needed a seat. I remember when senior citizens were thought of as wise and insightful. When we needed an answer on how to fix a broken vehicle or make a cabinet we went to an older person for their advise. If I needed a recipe for peach cobbler I called my mother or older Sister. I remember when adult children, relatives, neighbors, people from the church helped older folks because they truly loved and respected them. That is the value system we were taught back in the day. I remember when grown children had daily or a least weekly contact in person or by telephone with their parents and grandparents. Some of this still exists today but times have changed.
Recipes can be found on a computer in the blink of an eye. Our favorite auto repair shop will fix a vehicle. They advertise speedy customer service. The man at the home improvement store can fix us up with a new cabinet and have it installed within a day. Now the younger folks text on the telephone. Some check Face book to connect with their family and friends. Some older folks do the same.
Time is moving at the speed of lightening. We still have a lot to teach the younger generation. We have much to learn in order to keep up with changing times. We will do that at our own pace. Most of us were taught one of the most important lessons of all and that was; No matter whatever else is going on ALWAYS respect yourself and each other. We still have an important place here in this world. We still have a service to perform here on God’s earth. No matter how much time has passed or how times have changed it will always be important to RESPECT OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER.
In closing I just want to end this very simply with one question for each of us to ask ourselves. When we lay our head down on our pillow at night can we sleep peacefully knowing that we have done our best using respect, love and forgiveness for ourselves and others? If we can not answer this question with a yes today then it is still not to late. We can arise tomorrow and begin by practicing love, forgiveness and respect.