In the last few weeks, I have been having interesting conversations about history, the state of our country, and our world. So, I thought I'd share some thoughts with you about it all in hopes of shedding light on a new perspective!
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, says you can’t talk about achieving your full potential and being widely creative if you are still living from a place anywhere below Self Actualization.
So let's start with the Baby Boomers.
They still remember the importance of putting food on the table and providing for their families and depending on each other to do it, because their parents before them came from a time a war where there was severe lack.
We then move to Gen X...
Who had parents who adequately provided for them and, consequently, they were able to move into the next phase of caring about prestige and accomplishment.
Now we have the Millennials...
Who had parents who obtained some level of success and now have gone to the next level of Self Actualization in their generation.
I had an interesting conversation with someone this past week about history and how it repeats itself, and how it informs the future. I like to pay attention to the signs of the times, and history would suggest that we are in a crucial time where the Millennials will decide whether to be disruptive (which in past, has been the first posture that ushered in war) OR one that looks back and honors the generation before them.
So why am I saying all of this?
I think we are in a time and day that we MUST rise up and be the voice that calls forth the hearts of the fathers back to the sons and the hearts of the sons to the fathers.
In other words, I believe we have a choice to talk about the problem or be a part of the solution. We can spend our time pointing our fingers at the generation before us, and what our parents weren’t OR actually embrace who and what they were. While at the same time, taking time to understand the younger generation and learning from them as well.
It’s time that we reframe the way we look at life. I get so tired of hearing people talk about all that is wrong in the world, with the president, with our parents, with our jobs, with our spouses and on and on.
It is time that we begin to change the course of history and rise up and create a unified generation of people who honor one another and learn from each other. People who are part of the solution, people who are about making a better world, people who take responsibility for their lives and the world around them, instead of just talking about how bad it is.
So I challenge you this month to look back and write a list of what you actually valued most about your parents, or what you value most about your spouse or your boss or the government and most importantly, what you value most about YOU!!
You hear me say all the time, as a man thinketh, so is he.
If that is true, in what way whatsoever is it serving you to think negatively toward anyone, including yourself?
Let’s turn this country, our marriages, our lives toward good, by focusing on the good! Just try it, I think you will be surprised how your life begins to shift to make room for the good that life has to offer.