I have an older client, in her 80’s that I met with today. She’s a regular client, meaning, I see her somewhat frequently. She is smart, witty, and always makes me laugh. I really love that lady. It made me think about old people in general. I really like them for the most part. Oh sure, some are a real pain, but I’ve found that most have a value that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. It breaks my heart to see some seemingly ignored (at best) or abandoned (at worst) by their children. What a tragedy. We should value and honor our elderly. Give them back some of the love and time they’ve given to us over the years. Okay, I know, we’re all busy. But we should never be too busy for those that blazed the trail ahead of us.
As I think about this, I really have a heart for children too. Innocent, frail, impressionable, ignorant, joyful, precious. Another commodity that is to be treasured. It breaks my heart every time I hear a news story about a child being abused, or worse. Whether it be through abortion, or abuse after birth, we must protect them. Knowing we cannot be perfect, that still should be our goal as parents, aunts, uncles, friends and relatives of the young. But it’s not our place to stick our noses into other peoples business is it. When it comes to children I think it is.
The old and the young, opposite ends of the spectrum of life. Both precious commodities. Both to be treasured, honored and protected. Let’s make sure we do just that. Don’t worry that you’re not perfect, just do it, and keep trying.
Oh yea, in-betweener’s need love too, but their much too independent typically for me. Oh wait a minute, I’m an in-betweener. Please be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet. And I’ll try and love you too! 🙂