Consider a mature growth East African Yellowood or cedar forest. Picture a grove of ancient trees in the midst of that forest. Those colossal trees are the crown jewels of the ecosystem. Not only do they, in their lofty presence, constitute evidence of a healthy forest community, they are also the principle factor in generating and maintaining the health of their biome.Those elder trees provide shelter and a stable environment of air, soil and water for the growth of other trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses and, consequently, food and home for a great variety of animal species. Similarly, elders act as unsurpassed preservers and nurturers, providing a stable environment in which people can grow and mature. Mature trees sustain their world – much the same way elders sustain our world.
Elders play an essential role in engendering the healthy cultural environment for children, adolescents, and adults and in enabling those adults to one day become like themselves. Having returned to the source of their own innocence and wonder, elders celebrate these same qualities in children even more effectively than most parents can. Knowing the source of their true life in the mysteries, they recognize when an adolescent is ready to begin her own exploration of hidden dimensions and they help guide that essential journey.
Elders [They] posses the wisdom and perspective that animates the big questions and that allows the long view from which they guide their human society in relationship to the greater world. In every human community, in every place and time, questions arise that are so big that no single elder (and no assembly of mere adults) can answer. With such defining concerns their is no substitute for a council of elders. The council of elders must assure that the ventures of human society benefit the greater earth community. Never before has the guidance of true elders been more urgently needed than in these times.
Can you name a few genuine elders in your community. What vision have they passed on to you and the generations that will come after you…..
Have a visionary day,