I don’t usually say so, but I have always been a sucker for traditions – especially those passed down from generation to generation. And each generation has its own traditions created anew and thus an avalanche effect takes place as these traditions grow over time through children and grandchildren, through cousins and siblings, through friends even.
My family has a tradition of gathering all of us cousins together every so often. Whether we meet at a restaurant or at one of our homes, the ultimate point is we set aside this time to reconnect, reminisce, and make new memories with one another. We are together as a family and this is one of my most revered traditions because I hardly ever see them otherwise. Everyone is busy with life, marriage, relationships, kids, work, etc. However, this tradition allows us to touch base and keep our family bond going strong. All of us being of different generations, it’s interesting to see how we all get along, learn, and teach one another lessons we ourselves have learned or with the newer generation things like how to use Siri or various techie insider tips to teach to the other generations. But each of us has something to offer that has a value deeper than surface value – it’s the conversation that really matters, the hugs and laughter, the love felt and shared – this is essential to all generations and when it’s not present, it is dearly missed.
So I urge you to think about the differe met generations of people you interact with on a daily basis, whether in your family (blood related or not) or at work. What is every generation like? Do people of the same generation have similar traits /behaviors or values? What have you learned from these generations?