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Lost Generation?


“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

            ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Feeling unsure and lost is part of our path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and and use it.”

            ~ Louis C. K.

“No matter how much light I carry within me, there will always be times of feeling lost, being confused, seeking direction. It is the way of the human heart.”

            ~ Joyce Rupp

I didn’t coin the phrase lost generation. The words of Gertrude Stein after World War I refer to many of the survivors who were often disoriented, wandering and directionless. Her words resonate with me as I watch my young family members journey through our current uncertainty. Perhaps our lost generation? Their livelihoods are diminished and 20 years of success has vanished. I feel their loss of identity and normalcy!

Yet, they are not without hope! I am watching the wonders of resilience! I am grateful that they are able to turn uncertainty into imagination and creativity and a chance to find a better self! To them the world is an open book and they are at liberty to pick a page! They have the capacity to recover quickly and the willingness to overcome the challenges. Their emotional strength is inspiring. As an elder, standing by, I have eyewitness to their self awareness, focus, ability to let go and positive energy. I feel their hope! The world can be saved with such intention and strength! I am a grateful witness to a spirited generation, a generation I can trust and be proud of.

“Be thankful for all things in life. Even for the bad things. SOMETIMES the worst situations in life turn out to be the best things that ever happened to us.”

            ~ John Wilson

Written by Deborah Lavender, BMG Senior Consultant

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