Recently, I found myself in the market for a car. Or, I should say, another car. The car that I had been driving since 2008 had been gifted to my Mother and because I try not to purchase anything that is seen as a status symbol, I went out and bought a Toyota Rav4. Now, this car was awesomely beautifully blue and it was love at first sight. But, I didn’t feel as comfortable riding in it as my previous automobile and after a year or so, I was back at the Lexus dealer, looking for a new vehicle.
I didn’t give much thought to the purchase financially. I mean, I wasn’t worried that I might not be able to afford it or that the price would exceed my capacity to pay for it, even as a cash only purchase. I and my husband, looked around, kicked some tires, did a test drive or two, pointed one out on the showroom floor, got the keys and drove home.
Into our garage we stored a new Lexus. I mean, I thought it nice, but, was not overly awed by its dimensions, accoutrements or the accolades to be found in auto magazines.
Now, you might wonder why I’m telling you this. It’s because in the purchasing of my new status symbol, I had forgotten to remember. When I drove over to the church to pick up some items, my friend Paulo, looked out, saw my car and took a picture. He said that he liked to see the blessings that others were showered with, as it reminded him of just how big our God is. That as others are blessed, he is encouraged, that he can be blessed similarly.
I was humbled and felt sincerely contrite. For many of us, if we really looked around and took stock of all we have within reach and at our disposal that is there, available, not because we are so deserving or are better than the people we hurriedly drive/pass/walk by, but, because of the grace of God. We are so use to being able to buy/acquire/get what we want when we want how we want if we want, that we forget what it was like when we were so thankful to just get our needs!
Boomer wisdom wants to remind you to think about where you started from, before the bank account, the cars, the trips, the homes with more square footage than you need, the full refrigerators and the extra freezer in the garage, the clothes you can’t wear because of your excess consumption, dozens of pairs of shoes that no longer fit your mature feet, and useless bric a brac and knick knacks that will find themselves on the curb when you die. Learn not to forget, not only where you came from, but, the sacrifice others made so you could make yourself into something that could amass more material goods than many of your ancestors ever thought possible. Then, look up and give thanks. After that, look around and give back to the people and the communities that empowered you to achieve.
Boomer wisdom says that you will be better for sharing what you have learned not to forget in a tangible way.
Blessing to you all!