Module 5.3 – All

Module 5.3 - Think Generationally

What’s your view of the different generations – is it positive or negative? How does a pauper mindset, or politics, figure into how generations view one another? Share in your Core Journal how can you see generational thinking benefitting you, personally and professionally, today.

Think of a non-family member you know from a different generation. This may be a fellow worker or someone in a community organization you know. What’s your view of that person, generationally? Can you imagine your “ceiling” as his/her “floor?” Or vice-versa if the person is older than you can you imagine their ceiling being your foundation from which to launch? What relationship would you need to have to see that generational thinking at work? Try to get some time with this person, ask about their life and history. Make a point to get to know them and their mindset. Journal about the impact generations can have on one another and how you’d like to be part of generational thinking.

Name: Jill West

I love the story of Hezekiah! I feel like people just don’t get it - ESPECIALLY those who are claiming to be so biblical. The books of the Bible are so full of good direction and I honestly wish people could see them clearly. I know I’ve spoken about this before but, as an atheist, I was loud about my defense of Jesus’ message and pissed off many Christians. I recently had a Facebook memory from 2012 pop up where I wrote “WWJD? Pretty much the opposite of what those who call themselves his followers are doing” and my ex father in law shredded me in the comments, telling me I needed Jesus and should go to church and blah blah blah (lol he’s a shitty human in every way so it didn’t bother me much). Even as a child, I pushed back on the twisting of biblical messages because they were always clear to me. Eventually, I accepted what others told me about not being built for Christianity, due to my lack of compliance and refusal to buy into those who “knew better” than me because they were more educated in biblical studies. It’s been awesome being among like minded people for the first time ever! I finally feel validated.

As for generations - even the story of Adam and Eve and the concept of original sin is, in my opinion, another message about how we are all saddled with the sins of our fathers, so to speak. Our actions don’t only affect us, they create a chain reaction. The descendants of Adam and Eve never got to enjoy the garden and had difficult lives because of those choices. While I don’t entirely believe that the garden was the best path for humanity and humanity needed suffering in order to advance and reach our fullest potential, that choice was made for us by others. We had no say. We didn’t get to choose the softer, easier road.

I understand the bitterness that may have created in us, but I also think it’s time to get the fuck over it and move forward rather than whine about the past. And it’s the same with climate change, our economy and even our government - it doesn’t matter who or what caused the problems; they’re fucked and need to be dealt with in the present and the future.

Our choices don’t only affect us.

For example: if I go into a store and have a racist Karen meltdown caught on camera, I may not only lose my job and my friends but my children will be affected socially and economically, as well. Maybe I can no longer provide for them and they are suddenly unable to go to college. Maybe I sink into a depression or addiction and they suffer from that neglect or abuse.

One poor choice can destroy their lives in so many ways. My past decisions have affected my children and I’ve never Karened in a store. I’ve chosen poorly in relationships, career paths, coping mechanisms, discipline decisions and probably dozens of other ways.

Just like my mother and father’s decisions shaped my life, mine shape my children’s lives. My parents were shaped by their parents who were shaped by their parents. Some of why I am who I am is the result of people I’ve never met and my decisions will shape the lives of people I’ll never meet.

It seems like a crushing amount of responsibility that we didn’t ask for, but got anyway.

The past couple of weeks have been spent on a lot of soul searching about purpose and where I’m going in my life. I’m revisiting some dreams I had left behind long ago and making some scary and exciting decisions. But, like I’ve been doing for the past several years, I’m going to follow the path that I feel is presenting itself to me and trust that I’m heading in the right direction. When I’m being led by God these days, there’s no question about who is speaking to me.

Here’s a city analogy I’ve used for years: when you hear a bang in the distance and you aren’t sure if it’s a gunshot, it’s probably a firework or a car backfiring because, when you hear a gunshot, you know it’s a gunshot!

Omg… literally as I wrote that, someone started setting off fireworks nearby. We haven’t had fireworks around here since the 4th! I’m shook!!! Of course I’m like “God, are you telling me I’m wrong? Am I thinking it’s you guiding me and it isn’t???”

What’s your view of the different generations – is it positive or negative? How does a pauper mindset, or politics, figure into how generations view one another? Share in your Core Journal how can you see generational thinking benefitting you, personally and professionally, today.

Think of a non-family member you know from a different generation. This may be a fellow worker or someone in a community organization you know. What’s your view of that person, generationally? Can you imagine your “ceiling” as his/her “floor?” Or vice-versa if the person is older than you can you imagine their ceiling being your foundation from which to launch? What relationship would you need to have to see that generational thinking at work? Try to get some time with this person, ask about their life and history. Make a point to get to know them and their mindset. Journal about the impact generations can have on one another and how you’d like to be part of generational thinking.

Name: Micah Ruiz Esparza

It will impact whether they are future minded or not. If they are only thinking about how they can make profit now and not the effects that the profit will have on the future, that won't help the business. To take it a step further, some businesses don't care how they are affecting the future as long as they keep their money consistent. Apple could be an example. They create a great product but they are made to fail after a certain period of time. It is not made to last or even to be upgraded. This makes sure that they keep business in the future but it just continues to consume resources.

Leaders need to be thinking outside of themselves. They need to take into consideration not just the company, but the environment and the city they are in. As they broaden their scope, they will be able to make positive differences. It reminds of a previous module about being generous and that generosity coming back to you. That cycle can continue to make the future generations better because it not only gives an example of generosity working, but it also will be pouring into that generation to see it flourish.

Since I'm still pretty young I'm going to think of someone older. I think you definitely need to do all of the things you suggest. Too often people are unwilling to get to know the people they are speaking about and there are heaps of misunderstandings. I am guilty as well. Part of my journey of being open and inclusive of all people is learning why people they are the way they are. From my conservative parents to my deconstructing friends to my progressive Christian friends. While there are things I disagree on with many of those people (some more than others), taking a step back to learn why people are there and what life situations they saw to make them believe what they do helps me a lot. I am also a product of my environment and have done the best I can with the information I have been given. It is hard to discredit them for doing their best and it helps me realize an important fact: they are human just like me. I think it is going to take me a other people a lot of time to drop some of the resentment between generations so we can move forward in a healthy way. It is not helping anyone if generations continue to carry stigmas for anyone in another. We have to work together to make a better future. I have a lot of work to do in this area because the older generations can make me angry sometimes, but as I learn more about their mindset, I begin to have more compassion. I would like to be a person who is building those bridges. I want to be someone who carries compassion and helps people get their walls down so we can see each other as simply human. We are all on the same planet and need each other to make this world better.

What’s your view of the different generations – is it positive or negative? How does a pauper mindset, or politics, figure into how generations view one another? Share in your Core Journal how can you see generational thinking benefitting you, personally and professionally, today.

Think of a non-family member you know from a different generation. This may be a fellow worker or someone in a community organization you know. What’s your view of that person, generationally? Can you imagine your “ceiling” as his/her “floor?” Or vice-versa if the person is older than you can you imagine their ceiling being your foundation from which to launch? What relationship would you need to have to see that generational thinking at work? Try to get some time with this person, ask about their life and history. Make a point to get to know them and their mindset. Journal about the impact generations can have on one another and how you’d like to be part of generational thinking.

Name: inpower testing

testing journal entry for mod5 pt3 @739

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