I was watching a recent episode of Survivor and the players distinguished themselves between old school strategist and the new strategist. It is a struggle between the old way and the new way of doing things. Are the younger generations lazier, entitled, or is technology showing them they can work smarter not harder ?
As the world evolves, so does the human race. I do not think that Americans, the younger generations, are opposed to, or gave up on manual labour ,they are seeing new ways to work, and that the older ways were not very beneficial or fair to dedicated loyal employees. Many Corporations have not been good to their employees for decades. Women are still fighting for equal pay, minimum wage is not at a practical hourly rate for the cost of living. The youth are growing up in a time of transparency at their fingertips and they want a better way, or they will find one. I feel they want better for themselves and the world they live in. Corporations destroy the ecology for their gain, its a destroying cycle that the younger generations want to change.
A lot of company’s moved their business out of the U.S., or they do not want to pay decent wages. The math does not add up when companies make huge profits and employees barely make enough to make ends meet. Corporations that get away without paying taxes, if they can do it, then so should citizens. They have to many loop holes, umbrellas of protection, a lot of power and money compared to the hard working individuals that contribute, make profits for these greedy company s. Do not get me started on the IRS either ! I would love to hear the assesments that the youth have about the world they are living in and how it affects their views on work, privacy, corporations, technology, race, sexuality.
This Monday and Tuesday night I went to see my nephew play ball. I enjoy watching him. This is one of my favorite seasons of the year to be outdoors. So being outdoors, watching the skills that the children are developing, especially my nephew, is a great time. It is a real treat, and many of these moments only happen once. Landon will never be 7 again( Madison will never be 7, Bryce 13, Nathan 16, Alyson 18, all my nephews and nieces ). I have always had a profound respect, adoration for children. They are beautiful young people with beautiful open hearts and minds. Adults have a huge responsibility to respect, love and do right by these smart absorbing sponges.
I went to my nephew Landon’s baseball game last night, and enjoyed it. He transitioned from tee-ball to coach-pitch in a matter of 2 months this year. It is amazing how quickly young people soak it all in like sponges, transition seamlessly through change. His Giants team is made up of really good 7-8 year old players. There are a lot of good hitters on his team, and they work together really well. Its amazing to witness his growth from playing tee ball to now.
There are several ball fields were he plays and as we were leaving something stuck out. There was a field of handicap children ranging in different ages, playing tee ball. They had their volunteers next to them, assisting them. It’s wonderful that there are people who dedicate their time to helping out, to make it possible for the mentally and physically challenged to do regular things.
Last week was the first time I have walked a dog since Sandy has been gone (end of January 2013). Coco is a 2 yr old weimaraner. She belongs to a neighbor who has a bad leg, he asked if I would mind walking her on occasion. She is used as a service dog, I have not seen that side of her. It was kind of a weird feeling walking with her at first, different, it wasn’t my Sandy, it brought up sadness, and me missing her instantly. I had a moment and then while we were walking I was thinking it was meant to be for me to have this experience with Coco. A dog is being introduced back into my world. Eventually I will get another dog. Things pop up in mysterious ways, and at unexpected times to you, and I am re learning to not analyze and just go with the flow, with the now. I have struggled for a while with just working no playing, no balance, and not really living, enjoying all the great things outside in the world. I look forward, and toward what is possible. I have always been a true believer that anything is possible. I still have love to give another dog, there is still plenty of love after loss, time is the great healer. There are imprints, markings that people,things that we love, or have loved, leave in our hearts. The marks will be there always, even with whatever new gets added, kind of like scar tissue. Some marks are painful reminders, and others just leave you with a smile.