(Today I revisit, reexamine and repeat familiar thoughts: When at our best, you and I can be a hopeful part of the solution(s) to the crises we see in the world today. This matter calls for repetition, this time with emphasis….)
Perhaps like you, I wonder what to do about the waves of large-scale problems coming towards us from the near future. But—as I’ve noted in other entries over the years—we may not always see that some solutions are well-suited to older adult aspirations like these….
We are powerful.
After all these years, our personal power has grown more significant. All that we’ve collected around us can be useful for solving what vexes the world. We are esteemed and valued for our knowledge, skills and wisdom. When we talk, people listen. When we act, people follow along.
We are mature.
We’re done with grabbing all the toys, or squeezing pleasure out of every moment. We know how to give of ourselves for the sake of others, for God’s greater good. We discovered awhile back that we’re not the center of the universe, nor minor gods come to Earth.
We have time and energy.
Unless we’ve returned to the workforce or are buried in physical or emotional dysfunction, we’re able to devote quality time to critical tasks or efforts. We comprise the majority of volunteers and donors. We’re not spectators.
We are hopeful and courageous.
We already know that cowardly, disengaged and grumbling personal traits get us nowhere. We’ve been through a lot in our lives, and have come through to the other side, willing to live with risk and uncertainty. We serve a hopeful and courageous Jesus.
We know the stakes.
At this time in our lives, we can clearly see how it’s necessary for us to spread positive change throughout the world. For us, there’s no sideline, no rocking-chair-on-the-porch, no waiting for magic miracles. The time for action is now!
However it’s reiterated, this thought makes me glad: We’re in this together…!
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