Very often we can see our younger generation to be a bit like the cat. Even if they “want it” (whatever “it” is) they don’t really have the desire or energy to go after it.
Instead many, in our society today, have great dreams, but wait for a hand out from those who have worked their entire lives, to help them realize their goals. Their “tail” will twitch, their head will jerk with interest, their eyes might light up and they will wriggle in their seat, but they have little drive to get up from their comfortable cushion and get it done; they never move!
On the other end of the spectrum are those, who like my cat when he was healthy, pounce on whatever opportunity presents itself, without ever thinking of their “victim.” Their only thought process is to get to the top of the corporate ladder no matter who or what, they run over in the process.
There should be a happy medium. A place somewhere in the center of these two extremes where a person could acquire those “things," fulfill their dreams, and pursue ideas with consistent energy and honest work, without having to bulldoze whatever is in their path.
I was watching a show recently where a young man sold his land to pursue another dream. The land had been in the family for generations and had been handed down to him with the expectation, he too, would love and nurture the land as his forefathers had.
When he sold the land, he was unaware of the plans the new owners would have. It was strip mined and totally ruined from the total devastation strip mining does to mountainsides. At the time, his efforts seemed perfect; quick cash for something he felt he needed in place of that he didn’t need. Once it was discovered what would happen to the geography of the area, he made sure others didn’t fall into the developer’s hands and even tried to buy his land back. But it was too late.
We’re all guilty of acting, sometimes, without considering the consequences. Sometimes we regret what we’ve done. Other times we can shrug our shoulders and chalk it up to experience. Yet, those who choose to do nothing, and still expect something wonderful to happen to them, are often disappointed. And those who have given, even if indirectly through taxes or other means, are left feeling cheated because those receiving the “gifts of their labor” did nothing to earn it.
So I challenge you to consider where you, your children or others fall in this category. Are you a “go-getter” no matter what’s in the way, or do you feel like the world “owes” you something? Are your children those who will find a place between these extremes, or do you see a pattern developing? Share your thoughts!