Kids, these days, are encouraged to grow up way too fast. Agree or disagree? Even genetically, physiologically, developmentally, we humans are on the grow.
Of course, should you happen to believe in them, we're no longer cave men. :-) With the pending Olympics in London this summer, I'm fascinated by the articles that are being written to bring young, agile bodies into such precision as to shave off 1/1000th of a second to reach out and win...as if winning is the only game in town.
Now...don't get me wrong. Development, improvement, strengthening, growing healthier? All good. What are the boundaries of not enough...and too much? Is increasing health in all 8 dimensions of one's life, no matter which third of life you are living in, the better goal? Or...must one win.......at what cost?
Some times life issues and circumstances intervene. Then there needs to be a real fight for health. That, too, I am learning...and relearning as the years waft by.
Now...and again...my few paragraphs of "preaching" done, a question looms that sounds cute, engaging, etc., that gets asked of too many children and adolescents is, "What do you want to do, be, become, achieve, excell at when you grow up?"
I can tell you one thing, the lad in this photo at about 4 or 5 years old had no clue. If we didn't know better it looks like he just got off the boat from Russia, or somewhere similar over there. :-) Truth be known, I also didn't have a clue at 20. Some souls I know are in their third 3rd of life and are still trying to figure that out.
There are better questions to stir the imagination of a child..and even we adults. In some ways (see me smiling...) I, too, am still wondering, what do I want to be and do when I grow up?
However, in spite of some of the "stuff" of my life, I know beyond any doubt that at this point in time, I am doing exactly what I was designed for...to both be.......and do. In fact, I have that delightful, yet delicate, and slightly disarming "disease" that I'm running out of time for all I want to be...do...experience...encourage in others on their own journeys.
That I genuinely and deeply love what I do cannot be spoken or written with enough emphasis. The being and becoming part, for this olde man, still has both it's hurdles and low points...as well as moments of unexpected delight and thorough surprise at watching those I mentor summit their own life issues (+ and -) in ways that surprises even them and those they influence.
I am grateful to be who I am and where I am...knowing there are still hours, months, years (hopefully) to keep growing and being further set free. This olde dude is far from perfect...much to keep working on...and I am, with the grace-filled love and care of a few others close to me.
Who could haver ever imagined that that ragtag tyke standing on a sidewalk in a snowy Oregon would one day be standing with some of the most outstanding young developoing leaders anywhere on the planet on the snowy and frozen shore of Lake Michigan a few weeks ago.
Crazy wonderful...extra blessed am I with such priceless opportunity...which will be shared this next month with our LDG Partners in better detail. These good men represent the hope of our future...all around our world.
I've heard their stories...they some of mine...and daily I get to encourage forward other men and women just like them. Who knew on that snowy day in Oregon? I am confident the One who created us all knew...and still knows about me.......and you, too.
So...no matter your gender, your age, your economic status, your ethnicity, your education, your hopes and dreams (don't be losing those...), what do you want to be.....and do.......when you grow up?
(.....................to be continued.....................)