A Cheeky Put-Down
I learned on CBS Sunday Morning a new put-down. I was hurt.
OK, Boomer is the current generation’s cheeky put-down of my generation. It expresses the exasperation younger folks feel with our hypocrisy, incompetence, and curmudgeonliness. But, I hadn’t heard this put-down. However, it stung as we watched Faith Salie exploring what OK, Boomer means.
Doug and I just looked at each other. Sigh: Old age always comes at a bad time.
Whatever the piece was, it made the point that my generation’s expiration date is passing. (Doug is part of the Silent Generation . . . He robbed the craddle.)
OK Boomer means those who are assuming the mantle have had it with my generation’s aspirations, accomplishments, and excesses. I get that. Me, too!
Never can we prepare for what life throws our way – blessings, or trials. I’ve struck out, blowing opportunities to do good or be good. I wish those stepping up to the plate a better time at bat than I, or my generation, had.
If I may, I’ll paraphrase Texas governor Greg Abbot: “God didn’t cause [my troubles], but He did help me persevere over that enormous challenge.” (God Put You in a Wheelchair )
So, Gen X, Y and Z . . . if you have a pulse this morning, you will have a purpose. We all do!
Although I may feel discounted, ignored, or criticized, in Christ I have an identity, purpose, and a Friend. You do, too.
No, Nobody likes being the object disrespect! What’s more we each hate it when we feel others ignore us; or, criticize us!
My Friend understands . . . Been there, done that. (See Isaiah 53:3)
Ok, Boomer: although you’re almost out of date you have a pulse!
My pulse confirms I still have a purpose. My generation’s purpose wasn’t pontificating, or pouting, but praying. And serving. A truth I wish I had discovered sooner; a truth I hope the newcomers to power and authority will understand more quickly than I did.
It’s never too late.
Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
Congratulations, Boomers! (and everybody else) This day is ours, all ours, to spend how we choose. Spend it wisely.
Meaningful response, fellow boomer!