Bridge the gap

The Freeman - - Opinion -

I re­mem­ber the first time I saw white hair on my hair­brush. My im­me­di­ate thought was, “Why did my hus­band use my brush when he has his own?” It didn’t even oc­cur to me that the long white hair couldn’t have come from his head. Call me in de­nial, but I still can’t get over how fast my youth passed me by.

Don’t get me wrong. I love where I am. I have the cap­i­tal of ex­pe­ri­ence, money, and wis­dom that most young peo­ple will only gain—if at all—when they reach my age. Wouldn’t we have it all if we had all this knowl­edge, con­fi­dence, re­sources, and ma­tu­rity when we were in our twen­ties?

So to the young, I say, “The be­gin­ning of wis­dom is this: Get wis­dom. Though it cost all you have, get un­der­stand­ing” (Proverbs 4:7, NIV). Don’t shun the guid­ance of your el­ders. Why com­mit their mis­takes when they can teach you a short­cut?

And to the el­ders and el­derly, I say, “Fa­thers, do not nag your chil­dren. If you are too hard to please, they may want to stop try­ing” (Colos­sians 3:21). Of course, this verse ap­plies to moth­ers as well. Yes, we may have the wis­dom to im­part, but we need to learn how to share it with the young in a way that they will ac­cept it. This way, we bridge the gap. —Rissa Sing­son Kaw­peng

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