December 1, 2017, Prescott-
Another writer on this network, having just also celebrated a birthday, detailed a lesson learned for each year of her life. Her post showed me that the adage, “Youth is wasted on the young”, is largely a fallacy. Youth may be at a disadvantage, regarding total life lessons, but working under a supervisor who is half my age, I find that the lessons she has absorbed are being put to full use. She is arguably the most competent, save one other, of the many under whom I have worked, over the past 40 years. Son has risen in rank, an average of once a year, for every year of his military service. Nieces and nephews, and their spouses, have each made themselves highly valuable in their chosen work.
It also follows that there is truth to : “There’s no fool like an old fool”. To be old AND foolish has nothing to do with dementia. It has to do with arrogance and an odd form of narcissism. So, now, we are seeing high and low alike being taken to the Village Woodshed, for being so arrogant as to build a lifestyle around deception, indiscipline and disrespect for others, based on their own proclivities.
I have not been free of transgressions against others, but when they have occurred, I have chosen the path of humility, submission to chastisement and atonement. It’s just been better this way. I can live, today, concerned about today’s tasks and planning for tomorrow, as needed. From each faux pas, a lesson has been derived, that has just made me a better human being.
I am grateful that the lessons learned have import for the times in which we live, and will continue to apply in days and years to come.