It seems like all the time we were growing up, there was always either success or failure and we had responsibility, yet we had a certain degree of freedom in what we wanted to do. Life was good because we knew how to keep the bad out of it. Were we just a lucky generation or can we really give the credit to our parents and grandparents who, after working all their lives, wanted to instill the same thoughts into the heads of the younger generation?
Has time changed from what it was back in the days of old? Are the ones coming up trying to grasp the worth of the things our parents taught us? Will we one day have to go back to living in a time of turmoil, or will we drift forward in a trance waiting for the worst to happen to us? Can we as members of this generation change the way we eat, sleep, work and play?
Well, I can only say this — and you can take it to the bank if it is still there — only you can make it better, and likewise, only you can make it worse.
We try to improve, not lose our values. Life can be the greatest gift ever given and you can enrich it more by treating others with the respect they deserve. You can be the one who helps change another’s life so that they have the chance to go forth into the world and be successful, which in part follows a path for their children.
You can look back and see where you could have done a better job in the raising of your children and still have time to do just that if they want that help. And you and I can look back while looking forward and maybe see where the help is needed now and walk that path. It would not hurt to try and we can be pleased with that work. But then will life change that much if we do?
We can only try. That is the beauty of life given to us as a gift from God.
Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.