Respecting our seniors

Our seniors may not be as tech savvy as we are, but they have far more life experiences. There was a time when you thought the world of them; even if you no longer inhabit that space,do not ridicule them. The least you can do is giving them the respect th

Scene 1: Your first day in nursery school and you look on in awe at the seniors as they sing the school anthem. Your chest swells up with pride when one of them gently ruffles your hair.

Scene 2: You beam from ear to ear because your dad is in the front row, cheering loudly, as you score a goal against another school.

Scene 3: You are being ragged in college, and all you can wonder is when you will get your turn.

Scene 4: You come home late and your parents are still awake, waiting to have dinner together, and you get angry at them for their Ďridiculousí concern.

Scene 5: You snap at your father because he called you on your office number (after you failed to pick up your mobile) to remind you that he has a health checkup due the next day.

Scene 6: An elderly clerical staffat office (who used to be your senior in college) wishes you a hearty good morning and you even fail to acknowledge it because you donít consider him important enough.

Do you see the way we progress from love and respect to irritation and disdain? Why does this happen? How come the same seniors we loved and were in awe of suddenly become subject to negativity? If we expect obedience and respect from our juniors, how can we explain not giving the same to our seniors?

As parents, especially, we feel it is a given that our children will listen to us, obey us and give us due respect. But take a look within. If you arenít giving your parents the same kind of respect, or snapping at them, or ignoring them generally; then this is what you should expect in the future. Remember the way you looked up at your parents as role models? Well, your children are doing the same.

Even at a work place, if someone senior to you in years is not in a high enough position, it does not mean you look down on them. Those are their circumstances. The least you can do is respect them, greet them. It would not demean you.

Our seniors may not be as tech savvy as we are, but they have far more life experiences. There was a time when you thought the world of them; even if you no longer inhabit that space,do not ridicule them. The least you can do is giving them the respect their age demands. And remember, you wonít be young forever.

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