I decided to pay tribute to all grandparents today because they’re unique in many ways. They raised the people who are parents and guided them along in life. They taught them discipline and gave them the tools to succeed in life. Then they released them into the world to make successes of themselves.
As grandparents, their job is typically easier. They’re not quite as involved – particularly in the area of discipline. Now they just impart the wisdom that they have gained throughout their lives and share with their grandchildren. You may have heard people say, “If I knew grandchildren were so much fun I would’ve had them first.” That’s a humorous way of looking at their roles - all the glory and none of the pain that comes with parenting.
I’m so fortunate and blessed that my parents are alive and well and have seen my siblings and me become parents. And the wisdom that they impart in our children is invaluable. Essentially, the lessons taught to us by our grandparents, our parents are now teaching to our kids.
The following poem from my book Poems of Inspiration: A Daily Dose of Self-Motivation tells of the generational wisdom that grandparents share. I hope as you read it you can reflect on this invaluable transfer of knowledge and understanding that goes from generation to generation:
A Child in Their Eyes
His mom and dad sat amazed and surprised;
‘Prosperity, peace, and happiness
are not in all of the things we possess,
but in the lives that we touch and the love we express.’
“I promised him that I would strive to be
a young man of high integrity—
to shine my light for the world to see,
and do unto others as I want done to me.
“So that’s why I choose to live this way;
my actions speak more than the words I say.
Tomorrow’s not promised, so I vow every day
to shine like the stars in their perfect array.”
As dads and moms, for those of us whose parents are still alive, we should embrace the valuable life lessons that grandparents can give our kids. During the holiday season, multiple generations of families throughout the world get together and have a great time. Let’s ensure that our children really get to connect with the great men and women who their parents call mom and dad.
I hope that you have an excellent and productive day.
The Upbeat Dad