Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, and dignified, as I get older? Am I exhibiting the life that old-age knowledge gives white-haired people like me? Am I getting more self-assertive, or more deliberately determined to have my own way? Is it a great thing to tell yourself the truth? or do you keep pretending you are still 20 and look ridiculous in your old body acting 20?
My dear friends we can't afford to be misled in what is right, we must have learned the lesson well by now. We cannot afford to wait any longer to be as wise and as good as we can be, or do we keep fooling ourselves into thinking we still have time and then wait until we are 80? Maybe then we can be wiser and act accordingly of our age? Oh, by the way, do we buy in the lie that 50 is the new 30? May God help us all and the world that is to come.
Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves. We want to always make all kinds of excuses to make us look better at acting stupid and careless, but that doesn't work very well after you are 50. It looks and sounds terrible and crazy, by the way.
This past week I saw something odd. Dear Lord have mercy! It looked and sounded very bad and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Oh, my dear, I will take it to heart and not copy it.
We who are in our late 50's are very responsible for the future generations. We should be growing old with dignity and grace and wisdom. Oh, God says that we should seek after wisdom and knowledge more than diamonds or gold. He also says that white hair is a sign of wisdom and grace and dignity.
My, oh, my, it is not like it much more. Unfortunately, the hippie generation with all its sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll has ruined many a "should-have-been a dignified older person by now". Good Lord!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
I have a tsunami of older age dignity living on the inside of me and it is gently tugging at me to be accordingly in every aspect of my life. From the simplest to the most complex. And I will follow this gentle tug. I am in love with this tug.
We have a world to gain for future generations. My dear friends, it is up to us all who are over 55.
I call it a Tsunami because old age comes and settles in like a Tsunami. It takes everything about you and if you are not careful to notice it in the mirror every day, it will hit you bad. But it is not bad and we should not shy old age away and mask it so horribly. It is a blessing of grace to get old and wise.
What will future generations tell about our generation?
What will they say of our wisdom and courage and dignity?
Where we worthy of the lessons we learned at home from our elders? Did we really learn about history in school?
Where we wiser and more knowledgeable as older people should be?
Did we make a difference for the better in any young person life because of our great example?
Think about it. After we turn 55 anything could happen.
Your body works and acts slower and is more prone to disease and pain.
What will your Tsunami leave? Are you working on your attitude, your health, your poise, dignity, and honor?
Are you working towards your curtain being closed one day sooner than later now? Are you thinking about dying? We will sooner than later now.
You know, no one wants to look at a video of themselves to see the reality of age and grey hair and bad skin, and flabby muscles and reading and looking glasses. But if you do and you are true to yourself you will take a good look and correct the odd parts of your actions because we are to be a Tsunami of grace and goodness and especially dignity. Everyone must and will get old, it is life and it is now for many of us.
We must be leaving a Tsunami of wisdom and Dignity to the ones that are behind us in age.
We must leave a legacy of Dignified Wisdom in every area of our life to them that are just beginning to learn to fly in this life.
That is what makes anyone, any family, community, and country great forever.
This is Mariam from My Ami Way to Yours.
Remember to Always Keep Love Above.