"Youth & Age - Zeal & Wisdom"
peer pressure and attitudes. They see things mostly in stark shades of ‘Black and White’ and cannot comprehend the tolerance of their elders who see and speak of the many shades of ‘Grey’ in between.
Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels, but can easily confirm that they at 30 know and understand more than they did at 20, and at 20 were better than at 15 and so on. So perhaps they should thus keep an open mind about what they could be at 40, or 50 or 60, or even at 80 or more and be more aware of the value of wisdom that comes with age, knowledge, experience and maturity. After all the only way to grow old is to start young and age. As J. K. Rowling says “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young”.
Youth Research Organization describes Youth as being motivated by:
- ‘Inspiration - They ‘dare to dream’ a vision.
- Aspiration - A ‘Can Do’ attitude in meeting challenges and achieving goals.
- Resilience - A ‘Never say Die’ spirit in the face of adversity.
- Integrity - The courage to ‘Walk the Talk’.
- Compassion- The passion to ‘Serve by Doing’.
Add to that,
- Over confidence - leading to reckless risk taking and precipitate actions.
Remember that Age has also lived through Youth and therefore the actions of Youth would be more effective and meaningful when tempered and directed by the wisdom of Age.
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Attachment - MESSAGE - To my Young Friends,
I take this opportunity to exhort each of you to -
‘Think Big - Dare to Dream & Strive to Achieve’, -
by always giving of your best and continually striving to attain to just that 'little bit more' .
You deserve to be Happy and Loved and Respected for who you are (not for who your parents were or for what you have), and the only way this will come to be is through your own RIGHT EFFORTS , which will, by the GRACE of GOD, and with the BLESSINGS of your ELDERS and the GOODWISHES of your FRIENDS, get you the success you deserve. May be not in your very first effort, but finally, as you learn to view failure, not as a wasted effort, but as a lesson in what did not work, and so direct your future efforts in a more effective manner. Remove the word ‘Impossible’ from your vocabulary, as that word is only for those who give up too easily. Let me quote the saying that reflects the attitude of the Corps of Engineers, Indian Army to any task:
“The Impossible we do routinely, for Miracles we need a weeks notice!”
A Sense of Purpose, and the satisfaction of having given of your BEST for any undertaking, leads to your Happiness. So aim to: “Be Happy & Spread Happiness around you!”
Being HAPPY also arises out of