By Ettie Rutherford
In today’s fast-paced world, where so much focus is placed on being young, being as slim as a reed and having a cell phone, it is good for us to remember, it is with aging that the world experiences knowledge, common sense, wisdom, historical rituals and purpose.
If we look at the stages of our lives, we will see that our lives are governed by circumstances, so, it follows that the more circumstances we have experienced, the more possible it will be for the aging person to be better able to, not only maneuver life, but also to be more capable at teaching the young how to face life’s circumstances.
Even today, as directives are given about the pandemic and all its challenges, quite often, specific mention is directed to seniors and their needs, leading some to feel as if they are more of a burden on their families than ever before. This is far from the truth.
People, who feel that they are aging and are seen as lesser than the younger generation, need to focus on the following:
> Be proud of the knowledge, which you have to offer.
> Confidence grows with age, if you look towards the future and let go of the past.
> Be grateful for the wisdom that you have learned along the way and use it to assist others.
> Give thanks for life’s opportunities and be grateful for all that you continue to accomplish and share.
> Commit to learning something new from a young person, while you share some of your knowledge.
> Cherish the life, which you have led, and honor your strengths and your contribution to family and community.
As you embrace the future, always accept and love yourself, while remembering that you are God’s child and that God only makes the best. So, take time to smell the roses and celebrate your victories as you strive to improve all aspects of your life — physical, social, emotional and spiritual, in order to enjoy the life that you have created for yourself and others.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org