“To Be Young Gifted and . . .”

Happy Friday!

Not only will I say, “Yayyy! It’s Friday!”, I will also say my usual T.G.I.F.!

Have you ever noticed how short life seems?! Well, don’t notice it just yet. I remember when I was studying ancient Greek history, in particular the part about Greek drama as well as the origins of the “Olympic Games”, there was a lot of controversy regarding the youth. It was said that the youth were vain and often touted their bodies and beauty as embodied in the story of “Narkissos” (Narcissus) who fell in love with his own image in a pond, and, as mythology suggests, became a daffodil (narcissus flower) or committed suicide. The ancient Greeks were also known for their advanced technology, in particular with bridges and aqueducts. These past few weeks, we have been enjoying one of the most famous Greek contributions to not only Western but World-wide Civilization, The Olympic Games.

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children now are tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.” – quote attributed in a conversation of Socrates to Plato

While it was said that this quote embodied the youth of ancient Greece and still reflects on the youth today, I choose to live and learn from it. Does this apply to Gabby Douglas or Aly Raisman? Maybe Michael Phelps or Tyler Clary? How about Missy Franklin, (not to mention youth from other countries competing)? I think not! I am glad that there are exemplary youth that we can refer to today who rise to the occasion and meet the challenges of being a contributing youth to our country and the world via The Olympic Games.

It was said that Gabby almost quit her destiny to become the first woman to win a gold medal for all around gymnast in the 2012 Olympics as well as gold in team competition, with her part in “Fab Five”. Her concern for her father, who was serving 6 months in Afghanistan in the Air Force made her preoccupied. It is said that her fans around the country, not only from Iowa where she trained, but around the world, wrote to her and encouraged her not to give up on her hopes and dreams … How beautiful is that!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is another story of an African American woman who served as a PSA, Public Safety Aid, who is suffering from cancer and is in stage 4. She is also a military veteran, and, people from all ethnic origins and walks of life are coming out in Lauderhill, FL to donate and generate funds for her treatment. How beautiful is that!

May we reach out to each other in a positive way today, and make this world a better place . . . if we can!


John I. Cook, Director

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cheryl malcolm
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 17:58:29

    Love your blog…Educational, informative, an overall must use..Keep up the fantastic work….Love..



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