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THE YOUTH CAN WALK FASTER BUT THE ELDER KNOWS THE ROAD


By Vernalee

Look at that old lady using a stick for her walking cane...

Take a good look at her. Her feet and soul seem tired. She looks frail and weary, but I know that her eyes have seen many many moons. I saw many of those old ladies in my hometown in Mississippi. Some of the things that they told me, I took heed. Others, I did not. My friends and I discounted their advice. Sounds familiar? "Count yourself blessed if you have elders in your life who can give you good and true counsel, and show you the right ways in life. Our elders have a lot of life experiences from which we can learn. Seek them out and give a listening ear to their wisdom. Your life will be better for it. A wise man or a woman is the one who listens to wise counsel." " Wisdom is found in those who take advice " ~ Proverbs 13:10

What a resource we have in our old folks who have walked many miles on dirt, gravel, and paved road. They know where all the dangerous holes and curves are. They know what to avoid, when to stop, and when to take a detour. They even know when it’s safe not to journey. Imagine that!

Yes it’s true that age has slowed them down. Their steps are not as fast as they once were. Yes, it’s true! The younger ones can run circles around them. But they (the elders) have the wisdom. They know and have navigated the path many times over.

In hindsight, I wished that I had listened more intently! We do many things the hard way, before we learn. I did! I suspect so did you. Now I know the true meaning of that proverb, "The youth can walk fast, but the elder knows the road." I know that wisdom is wealth. I now realize how wise they were. Listening is a sign of maturity! It’s a safeguard!

Photo Credit and Source: pininterest.ch; Reconnect African Child Foundation

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