“Embrace the Faith…”
In the approach to my 60th birthday I am thinking of how many things have changed since I was a child. Funny, how this is now something I am cognizant of, recalling a few conversations with some of the elders who have been a part of my life journey, who also shared with me how things had been different in their early years.
Consider this short list of things that we all now take for granted:
Current: …… Before:
Cell phones …… Pay phones on the corner
Voice message service …… Answering machine
Text messaging …… Having a real phone conversation
Power windows in automobile …… Manual crank windows
Automatic transmission in car …… Manual transmission with clutch
Digital/memory card cameras …… Film loaded cameras
Automatic dishwasher at home …… Washing dishes by hand
Most stores open on Holidays …… All stores closed on Holidays
With change comes growth, or so I hope. In observing this past Thanksgiving, and seeing how many people actually had to work in retail jobs, I am mindful that much of the change that takes place is economically driven. Business owners seeking to make more money…and consumers thinking they are benefitting from the “deals” offered on these new “Black Friday and Cyber Monday” offerings. Really? Maybe that is why the words, In God We Trust, are printed on the paper currency we use in America.
What will this world look like when I approach the next decade of 70 years? What will it be like when my daughter, Meisha, now 11, reaches 40? I pray that I can impart enough of my values to her, that have nothing to do with money, and thus keep alive those things that are timeless: self-love, respect, honesty, love for God and family, faith.
Here’s a video clip I hope you EnJoy: “Change”