Our greatest resource is still the youth of our nation

It is easy to criticize our young people, but we need to realize they are our greatest resource for the future. Photo: ap

MISSOURI, April 23, 2013 — The word, “resource,” is defined as, “A source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed.”

Today it is easy to criticize our young people because they are not like we were, but we need to realize they are our greatest resource for the future.

Our future does not rest on technology, science or intellectual assets, but on the youth of our nation. To nurture this resource, we must provide them direction in our social values and education, as they are the leaders of tomorrow.

Without the proper raising of our youth, everything is irrelevant. They are the future engine that will drive the technologies, sciences and trades.

We must give them encouragement. We all need encouragement throughout our lives, but let us make sure to especially encourage our youth, for they are laying the foundation in their lives. 

Many lament a lack of respect among young people today. In previous generations, children responded to elders with respect and used titles, like Uncle and Aunt and Mister and Sir. Children listened to adults and respected their knowledge. 

Today, some of the new folks entering the business world seem to “know it all” and wonder when they are going to get a pay raise even before finding out where the rest rooms are.  However, there are many young people whose parents have taught them to be respectful to their relatives and people they encounter every day.

Adults must teach the younger members of their family to become excellent listeners. Did you ever notice leaders are great listeners, regardless of one’s status within the organization? They were like sponges absorbing what was being said, and after much listening, they spoke with wisdom.

Ask yourself the question, are you a good listener or are you one who likes to hear yourself babble? The great listeners, as time passed, drew upon the wisdom that they heard during those years and utilized those lessons in their day to day life. Being a good listener makes a good child, spouse, parent and in their professional life.

Outstanding people also have integrity. The truly great people of the world had the kind of value system that was built on integrity.

The family is responsible in the development of the most valuable resource that this country has, young people, and it is not the sole responsibility of the schools to educate the children. 

God Bless our youth and guide them as they truly are the future of this great nation.

However, that is just the time and place from which I am.


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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