When we’re young, our parents and other elders offer us guidance and wisdom to help us through life. Their words are often borne out of personal experiences and their desire to share those life lessons is centered around love and caring.
For some reason, as we get older, we tend to rebel. We start to think that our parent’s and grandparents are preaching to us and trying to tell us what to do. However, that’s really not the case. People who have actually lived life and experienced ups and downs are the best source for ‘life lessons’ — they’ve done it all before and they seek to help the younger generation avoid the same mistakes they’ve made.
“My Dear Son,” is a beautiful letter from a father to his son and through it’s simplicity, it conveys a very wise life lesson: be strong, overcome adversity, learn from it and be the best man you can be…always. The beauty part about this letter is that in truth, it could be advise to a son or daughter.
“My Dear Son,
I am so very proud of you. Now, as you embark on a new journey, I’d like to share this one piece of advice. Always, always remember that – adversity is not a detour. It is part of the path.
You will encounter obstacles. You will make mistakes. Be grateful for both. Your obstacles and mistakes will be your greatest teachers. And the only way to not make mistakes in this life is to do nothing, which is the biggest mistake of all.
Your challenges, if you let them, will become your greatest allies. Mountains can crush or raise you, depending on which side of the mountain you choose to stand on. All history bears out that the great, those who have changed the world, have all suffered great challenges. And, more times than not it’s precisely those challenges that, in God’s time, lead to triumph.
Abhor victimhood. Denounce entitlement. Neither are gifts, rather cages to damn the soul. Everyone who has walked this earth is a victim of injustice. Everyone.
Most of all, do not be too quick to denounce your sufferings. The difficult road you are called to walk may, in fact be your only path to success.”
“We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.” – Marcia Fudge