Often when we talk about resources, we refer to obtaining lots of cash to implement projects and establishments, but we seldom see the need for good human resources, especially if such qualities exist among some retired or elderly persons.
During life through time, involvement and familiarization, we gain experience and knowledge, which, in and by itself, is also a rich resource. But some things in life are inevitable, such as ageing and ultimately, we all must die, as long as we were born.
So, becoming less physically able and in some cases less-able to function at maximum physical output, can be an impediment, but should not be seen as a death sentence.
Regardless of what state of being, one finds himself in, you can still find a hidden treasure, the type of wealth and human asset worth tapping into. As long as one has life and most of your faculties are functioning and you are still breathing, you can still be an asset to our growing population.
From the aged comes wisdom, from the elderly comes knowledge and from such experiences can come guidance, but if we keep marginalizing and ignoring and, in some cases, also ignoring the grown men and women of this country on the basis that they are too old to contribute, our task will be harder.
There is a saying that there is nothing new under the sun, but another also says there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, because sometimes if you seek you can find — and to crown that statement, do remember that the stone that the builder refuses can end-up being the head cornerstone.
The problem we face is called competition, because we always think we must discard or replace someone and we never think of cooperating, sharing, giving and taking, rewarding one because of worth, and co-existing. Why? Because we all have a right to survive regardless of age, disability or acquired state of being.
Life is about changes, and nothing remains the same and the processes of life will always be about different stages and all who live must transition, from one stage to another.
So, it is written, so it shall be done.
We all need help and support sometimes, and if it is hard for the young and able-bodied people, think how much harder it is for those who have passed 50 and still climbing, in their 60s and 70s and 80s and 90s.
Too many are made to suffer because they have endured life and, still fortunate to be still around, they live in the land of the living.
The moral of my story this Jounen Kweyol weekend is that we should care for all, inclusive of the aged, because they/we too are entitled to enjoy the fruits and enjoyment of life, as long as God permits.
The word PEOPLE should apply to all from birth until death, so until one dies, all who possess the earth should be given the support, the help, the assistance and the respect needed — something that should be given throughout our existence.