This is it, Y’all. I’ve had it with these young folks. Tellin’ me how to do things, hmmph! ‘Think I can’t text, post, meme, emoji, website, press release, or anything. Yes, technology is new, but I have built websites and I publish this blog. It’s just that I do what I do S…L…O…W…L…Y. What!
Yes, it takes me a minute to think about the task I want to accomplish and to figure out how to navigate it, but I still got the bones for the foundation of a good effort. I am the elder of an activist group, Project Say Something. When it’s time to move, they do a group text thread. Y’all! They start a post; I start responding, except the text I’m responding to has long been forgotten, and they are on to something else. Oy!!! Whether it’s ally training or planning for a forum, they move so quickly I am challenged to stay with them. “Elder” is a politically correct description for me. I am old., but aged gold. What!
I’m older, which is why they count on me to share my wisdom, (just not in the thread…
“I think that we should actually formulate”…NO!!! ) I am wise enough to know when it’s time for me to sit back and let young’uns take the lead. Thank God, Eckhart Tolle got me out of the way of my ego. I held on to the church my husband and I built but realized I was embracing it to pass on to my daughter, Camille Bennett; to give it new life. It is now sanctuary to a free program for preschoolers and an after school and summer program. We convene in our Upper Room for service, and I love it! Sometimes, us folks with aged wisdom need to sit down and let young folks take the reins.
There are organizations that have had the same folks running them for years, which is why they don’t run; they crawl. And these folks crave power, which is what makes them powerless in forward movement. In this case, sometimes age doesn’t matter. If movement is stale, move out of the way and let some new blood take its course. Give new life to organizations and events, and for goodness sake, support the young folks. Why we have to fight them I don’t know. Some folks even hate on them and subvert their efforts. Yes, the young’uns need to yield to our experience, but we should not berate voices that reflect a new day. The young’uns must also invite the wisdom of older folks. We do not need to be cast aside but honored. Congress is a good example.
The Squad in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, is progressive and doesn’t care about politics, but they are relentless in their fight for change. They had to be political to make a change. (Why it’s important to vote, Young’uns). However, they wanted to steamroll Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, and her efforts to be Speaker of the House. Today they discovered they need her wisdom and she is as fierce as they. She yields to their energy, and they respect hers.
I kind of snuck in a plea for voting, but today more than any time in the world, both young’uns and seniors must vote for making change. The Squad was smart enough to figure this out; they could not execute plans without dealing with the flawed system in place. Us seniors were a part of witnessing, sometimes building, that system, but we are young enough in spirit to stand with and for young’uns to make the changes we need to meet our agenda.
I stand with Pastor Wesley Thompson, older than a millennial but still a young’un, who at a local rally for peace and justice ignited us to”Make the change!” We are wise enough to let young folks march, speak, protest, and do it, (COVID, #staysafe), and old enough to share experience and give support. That’s what makes us aged gold.
We have suffered many mighty blows, the last being the lynching of George Floyd, But this tragedy has sparked a fire all over the world. Joy comes in the recognition that a mighty shift is taking place. What does this mean for us seniors? As Bob Dylan says in The Times They are a-Changin‘, “Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand for the times they are a-changin’.” I feel blessed to lend a hand without needing to be at the helm.
“It’s all/love/God” – Victorine
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