Moving forward

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change”- Buddhist Proverb

I spent the Wednesday after the election talking my youngest off the ledge while she spent that Tuesday night comforting a long time friend who had decided to “come out” at Thanksgiving. He wondered, given the election results, if this was the right time to share this news with some of his Trump supporting family members. She told him what I told her, everything is going to be okay, just keep moving forward.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”- Seneca

For some, including myself, there is a real sense that much of the progress we have made over the last eight to ten years will be undone or at lest stalled. And in most cases this progress has been baby steps, not the giant leaps we should be taking. The feeling, at least for a few, is that we are headed towards a sort of ice age, a step back in time to black and white television sitcoms like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet or Leave it to Beaver. But as I remind my children, that isn’t possible. Pandora’s technology box was opened when their Grandparents joined Facebook and like a gun, they will give up their smartphones when you can pry it from their cold dead hands.

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”- Yogi Berra

I also think with this election there is the potential of engaging a new generation of leaders and activist. They will need to figure out how to use that anger and hurt that they feel today in a productive way. They will need to organize, and establish goals, create a blueprint of what their America will look like in the future. The question is, will the kids who are protesting the election results stay engaged or bury their noses back in their cell phones thirty days from now once the dust has settled.

“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have.”- Theodore H. White 

Here is what I know and I wonder if 20 to 39 year olds know it, this face:

mitch-mcconnell

won’t be around forever. His demographic isn’t growing. But if you check the stats, the 20 to 39 year demographic is. And here is the exciting part, that demographic group, the 20 to 39 year olds, is much more diverse than Senator Mitch McConnell’s predominantly white 75 to 79 year-old age group. The window will be open soon, very soon, for new leaders to step in and fill the old guards shoes. They need to be preparing themselves now for what will happen, not what might happen because the Mitch McConnell’s of the world can’t and won’t live forever.

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers)

Yes, my system is still in shock but maybe that is a good thing, maybe it is a good thing for everyone. Maybe the younger generation will take more interest in the world around them rather than just the world they hold in the palm of their hands. Maybe we will have more confidence about speaking out on wrongs that they see rather than simply ignoring them. Maybe new leaders will emerge, those whose platform includes compassion and care not only for our citizens but for our planet as well. Maybe, just maybe.

“The World is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”-Ivy Baker Priest

 

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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8 Responses to Moving forward

  1. Nan says:

    Re: the protests, you wrote: They will need to organize, and establish goals, create a blueprint of what their America will look like in the future. I totally agree but it’s not going to happen until or unless a “leader” steps forward to do the organizing. For too many, it’s easier to walk the streets and wave the signs than to put their grievances into an organized course of action.

    Not sure I agree with you about the grandparents, Facebook, and cellphones. There are still a LOT of “older folk” that are resistant to the “newfangled gadgets.” I tend to think the changes must come from the millennials.

    And finally, every person who is unhappy with the times we live in should probably place the Buddhist Proverb you quoted at the beginning of your post on their refrigerator door. (And that includes me.)

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    • Our (those of us over 50) idea of leaders or leadership is very different than the current 25 and 30 year olds. My kids, 23 and 26 year olds, operate more by leading through committee rather than having one figurehead who carries the mantle. I personally like this approach better because it spreads the ownership as well as the rewards and the risk. The best thing the collective “we” (old folk) can do is stay the hell out of their way and let them figure it out. They will have too eventually.

      I hope you can continue to keep resisting the “newfangled gadgets”. Honestly, you aren’t really missing anything though I would miss instant college football updates if I didn’t have access to mine. But I contend you, my friend, are in the minority of “older folk” not majority.

      As always, thank you for reading Ms. Nan and for taking the time to add your valuable input.

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      • Nan says:

        Oh no, no!!!! I’m not one of those who resists the gadgets!! I have a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, and a cellphone … and I use them all! (The laptop the least … mostly during travel.) I was speaking of the many others I’ve come across who simply refuse to go with the flow. Or they may (begrudgingly) get a cellphone because they can’t ignore the advantages of having a means to communicate in case of an emergency.

        Although the idea of leadership may be different among today’s young people, I think you will agree that i>whatever format they choose the important thing is, it needs to be put into action.

        I greatly enjoy your blog and am glad your “vacation” was a short one. 😉

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        • Glad to hear you are a part of the 21st Century 🙂

          Yes I agree, action always Trumps (pun intended) words. The bottom line is this, whether they (20-39 year olds) like it or not, their time is coming, honestly it is probably already here. Someone just hadn’t told the old white guys in Washington…..yet.

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  2. Yes, I have great faith in the Millennials. They will be more engaged and more diverse in their thinking. It’s time for us old fogeys to give it up.

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  4. Patty says:

    So happy your are still writing and provide people important lessons.
    XxX

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