I was surprised to discover that this is Respect for the Aged Day. I was not surprised that this special day is celebrated in Japan, where honoring parents and the elderly is still held in high regard.
With the dawn of amazing medical care, people are living much longer and more productive lives well into their 70s, 80s and 90s, as long as their physical strength endures. Sometimes we forget that they still have a great deal to contribute. Once seniors have retired, doesn’t mean that lives are over. Most of my close friends are over 70 and still very active in the work force – even trying to get computer savvy and keep up with the latest technology.
If you have the opportunity today – thank those who have experienced more of life than you have. Appreciate all that they’ve done to motivate, inspire, encourage and teach you over the years.
It’s nice to hear that our Japanese friends still observe reverence for their elders by designating one day for this, but God commands to do this all the time. I think the reason being that every human life on this planet has much to contribute – even into their later years in life.
Remember that you will be one of them sooner than you think.
HAPPY RESPECT FOR THE AGED DAY!