I recently came across a blogger who reminded me so much of my grandfather when he was alive that I had to smile.
Mr. Geezer’s comical approach to life’s progress was both endearing and thought provoking. As he marveled at today’s youth and the challenges they think they face, I had to chuckle. Don’t we all have similar memories and anecdotes of a time much harder than the next generation? Everyone over the age of 25 can think of at least one instance when life required a bit more elbow grease than the whippersnappers of the new millennium. The absence of progress can be defined in the steps we choose to take to overcome our everyday inconveniences. Mr. Geezer testifies here…
“We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it! There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!”
I had to respond. Naturally he would have to assume that in asking the general blogging population what their childhood was like, he would get a wide variety of answers from many different age groups. While it wasn’t my intent to make anyone feel old, I did have to throw my two cents in and see where my money took me…
“I grew up just a fraction of a second before the Internet invaded everybody's lives. Reagan was in the process of getting dethroned and Nintendo was a dirty word in our house. The good news is that I survived the Loma Prieta earthquake, public transportation, New Kids on the Block, and the mullet…”
While it’s easy to gripe about how much harder it was for us, we need to keep in mind that our future is about to collide with our past. Everything that we take for granted now will be obsolete and worthless as the world gets ready for a kind of progress they will neither be prepared for nor equipped to handle.
While we bemoan the luxuries of our younger counterparts we need to keep in mind that life is not going to get any easier. We are headed toward disaster in the form of a good looking foreign guy who is both alluring and evil. He will appear as the great savior, having the answer to all our economic and social problems. That is when we will truly mourn for a simpler time.
Until then, it would be wise for all of us to enjoy the time we’ve been given while we’re here and make the most of it.
Some of us will not see the atrocities that are coming and even now are praying that our loved ones will be spared from them as well. While we’re here we need to thank God for the life we have today and use every moment to its fullest. We need to share the love of Jesus with everyone we can and praise Him for every breath we take. We need to look at every mistake as an opportunity to grow and go forward. Using the gifts we’ve been given can change the world, one selfless act at a time.