Becoming a role model
“Peter Ustinov tells us, “The young need old men. They need men who are not ashamed of age, not pathetic imitations of themselves”. We can reflect humanitarian principles, moral stances, and actions that support just causes. We can raise the level of consciousness about the human potential, and we can help individuals realize their own potential.
The degree to which you manifest wisdom, humanness and spirituality in your life is the degree to which you can serve as a role model for younger people to become menschen themselves.
By the ways in which we act wisely and spiritually, we can contribute to a new vision of what is possible in later life. We can demonstrate and affirm that our lives can be transformative. We can find continual meaning and self-improvement, as well as contribute to the common good in our society. We can project new possibilities in later life – possibilities that we could not contemplate or were afraid even to imagine. We need only awaken and mobilize the resources that are already here, inside us, in others, and in our society”
– Morrie Schwartz in the book edited by his youngest son Rob Schwartz ‘The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully’
Picture: Morrie and Charlotte Schwartz, (c) Schwartz Family