“Wisdom is wonderful!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It’s Seniors Opening Day at my golf club! I have a 9:30am tee time! I’m a Senior!
Who would have thought, but our seniors league is for those 55+. I’ll be out this morning with some wonderful gentlemen, some in their late 70’s and early 80’s. We’ve even got a fellow who is 94 playing in the event: he apparently remarried a few years ago because he wanted a companion in his life. (She was a younger woman, in her 80’s.) Some of these fellows will walk the entire course; some will carry their bags. One fellow I golfed with last year has been golfing for 65 years!!!! They are, each and every moment, an inspiration and a joy! I will try not to embarrass myself – if I bring my A-game, I will be able to keep up with them.
There is a lot we can learn from those who have been there before us, and I think we often forget that. There’s no doubt that the younger generation of today is redefining industries, disrupting business models, and accelerating change through technology. 1/2 of the world population is under the age of 25!
And yet, we can gain invaluable insight from those of the ‘greatest generation’ – individuals who built up our world from the post-war economy; who accomplished the unimaginable; who saw the future and pursued it. As John McCain lives through his final days, we should be in awe of the wisdom he offers us even as he struggles.
I’ll have a chance to golf with a few of my senior friends today. I’ll listen carefully to their stories, work to understand their insight, and ensure that their wisdom too becomes a part of the wisdom that I offer on stage!