In week 6, I am concentrating on loving everyone. I am also still concentrating on limiting or eliminating my opinion on things and others. Both are a work in progress and perhaps will be a work in progress for a lifetime.
When I look at the generations of my family – my children my grandchildren and great grandchildren there is a vast difference between the amount of opinions given and received based on the generation they belong to. I also notice that opinions are varied and there are more of them in the older generations. I watch the great grandchildren play and smile and laugh and give their love freely to others. They just want to love and be loved. I also notice that they don’t have so many opinions, unless it is that some vegetables taste yucky.
I think it is with age that we develop more and more opinions and not necessarily always the good ones. It appears that maybe our mind narrows and we have difficulty keeping up with the times, times which can be scary with all the new newfangled things out there like technology. I think part of the problem is probably because of the vast amount of experience the older generations have; and then I am reminded by Mandino that, “The value of experience is overrated usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly.” Perhaps experience is not always our best friend and perhaps we should look towards the younger generations who have little or no opinions and lots of love to give and receive.
I want to be like a child again. I have a lot of work to do!