Putting up a new fence around any property is a lot of hard work. It includes measuring, digging, cutting, sanding, hammering, leveling and painting all while sweating profusely. After many hours, days, weeks and sometimes months, the fence is finally completed and looks fresh.
The sun beats down on hot summer days.
Birds sit atop the fence posts.
The elements of weather, nature and time begin to show on the fence.
At first, the fence is able to remain standing straight, but eventually it droops and slightly leans. It is during this time that the paint begins to chip, peel and pop off.
A passerby looking at the fence will have thoughts that range from pity, disgust or have the wish for a new and better fence.
The same life cycle happens to people.
We all become weathered, droop, lean and the form that used to cause others to admiringly compliment suddenly only draws quick glances. There are, after all, more beautiful people to admire.
I’m glad that everyone doesn’t have that opinion, but the world today is so motivated for new and better that they are often missing the wealth of wisdom held by the older generation.
There were people who lived through the tough times of the Great Depression, the oppression of women, segregation by race, and numerous wars. Even now, I remember vinyl records, eight track tapes, black and white television, the first man walking on the moon, skateboards with wooden wheels and even life before computers.
Age is quickly becoming something that is no longer valued. The mentality is to throw it away and get a new one. With the mind set of the throw away generation, people are also becoming more and more selfish. The mantra of “Do less and get more” is rampant.
Where will it end?
What will become of the aging generation?
How can we change this prevalent attitude?
where the smiles have been.”