You’ve surely heard the expression, “Respect your elders,” but have you heard anyone say “Respect your youngers”?
Respect your “youngers” came to me because both of my sons recently visited, and I was reflecting upon how much I learn from them.
I think it is important to not only respect our elders, but to also respect the younger generations. The young people today have such fascinating ideas and their views of the world are so different from those of the older generations.
How can we respect our youngers? By being genuinely interested in them, asking them questions, and listening to them with open minds. As I told my older son last week, “Even if I don’t always agree with you guys, I still love to hear what you think about everything. Our conversations are so interesting. You make me so woke!”
On the world stage, we see a brilliant example of a very aware young person, the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg… You can watch a three-minute video of her speaking here: Greta.
Indeed, I believe there is wisdom in seeing that the younger generations grow beyond us, no matter how wise we may think we are! True wisdom contains a natural humility within it. When we respect what young people have to say, we model wisdom and humility.
Does this post resonate with you? Do you know any “youngers” who help wake you up?
May All Beings Be Happy!
Photo* of Mama Teja and her older son Zak taken in Audubon Woods, Henderson, Kentucky, during his visit last week! 🙂
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