Dear Millennials and Generation Y! I see you!
We need you to continue to prepare and position yourselves to make a difference in the path this country takes over the next 30-40 years.
We are hurting as a nation. We know that you have the power, youth, and strength to persevere through the emotional waves, find the cracked foundation of our nation, and use your technological, networking and communication skills to create a new foundation. This country’s foundation of faith, hope, and appreciation of differences needs to be renewed.
You will need to continue to sharpen the tools in your tool belt that create sustainability in your efforts: Empathy, Accountability, and Vision.
Not just having empathy, or showing empathy, but sharing the message of faith that we HAVE ALL THE PIECES that we need in order to heal. WE the PEOPLE, who by various means, some honorable, some dishonorable, some downright horrible, have found ourselves in this nation, in this season of TIME, TOGETHER. It is not by accident that we find ourselves in a place of extreme discomfort. We, the generations before you (in general and with some exceptions), have too long neglected to listen, acknowledge, and find compassion for those who were forgotten and those who have never been considered powerful enough to accommodate. These empowered voices will join with yours to become a harmonious chorus not a cacophony of complaints. You will listen, interpret correctly, and respond appropriately. As a result, the Heard will become hearers.
You will want to quit. You will get discouraged. You will wonder why people can be so mean, disinterested, and ruthless. You will need to be plugged in to the “courage dealers”, those who encourage and energize you when you get in the pit. These special ones among you will not be the same ones who beat the street, but they will be there like workers in the pit at an auto race. They are there not to run the race, but to fix you when you need to be fixed. They will hold you accountable for the miles that you are to tread between fixes. You will hold them accountable to be ready for new cars that hit the track. You will remind them to keep their supply of knowledge, passion, and discipline ready.
Your vision and personal mission will help you to determine your path when you come to forks in the road. As you are clocking miles on your journey, you will meet other people who are magnificent leaders. They may entice you to leave your path to join them. You are smart, creative, and talented. Who wouldn’t want you on their team? But you will know which offers to take by measuring each offer beside your vision. You will need to keep your personal mission and role in mind. Opportunities that align to your vision should also align to your personal mission. Stay focused. You can revise your mission later when you determine it is no longer the Greatest Area of Need.
Millennials, Gen-Yers, you have our full support! When we are fearful, educate us, comfort us, inform us, show us by example how it’s done. We will share our wisdom and experiences. Together we will make life better for all of us, one day, one challenge, one improvement at a time.
Sincerely and In Unity,
Generation X and Baby Boomers
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