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          I am seated in a vehicle, an unlucky passenger to a truly abhorring exchange between a young man who looks to be in his late teens or early twenties and a member of what my fellow country men dub, with affection, a “Senior citizen”. What were they “arguing” (if you want to call it that, because from my perspective it was more of a one sided badgering) over, one might wonder. Apparently earlier that week the young man bought a new SHOE (guy can talk) and the elderly gentleman had done himself the disfavour of daring to actually step on the said young man’s pristine white SHOE, mistakenly or not (How dare he).

Yes you read that right a SHOE. I was caught between fits of giggles (manly ones mind you) and the reality that the very values our predecessors held dear and passed down (was supposed to anyway) is gradually fading from today’s youth and millennial’s, yes Us!!

Now lets take a step back and look around us. I mean kids do crazy things, but we expect more from grown-ups, don’t we? Especially when you consider yourself an adult and expect others to too. Then surely your behavior must reflect these thoughts and as one of my favorite excerpt states “Action Not Words”.

When you find folks screaming obscenities at each other on the road, on social media and perhaps in your very own household?, what crosses your mind? There are some that behave this way for personal gain; some others don’t know any better; and others know they’ll get away with it — because they have in the past. The simple truth is: some grown-ups never grow up.

As leaders, role models, parents and (yes) even the youth, we must utilize every opportunity to reinforce the values that we hold dear. 

Are polite manners a thing of the past? I think not but if we don’t promote good values, then the situation I found myself in becomes the norm and that certainly doesn’t sound like a bright future does it? Surely had the young man taken the Senior Citizen at his word and accepted his apology gracefully he would have been a better man for it and I wouldn’t have been tempted to giggle (mhmm manly ones I repeat) at the very reasoning behind his anger (which I still cannot fathom).

The fact is these situations are a very common occurrence. Therefore, it is important that we don’t blur the difference between right and wrong. Compromising our principles in a fit of anger or in defiance to authority. If we want to live in a moral and civil society, then we must be the change we want to see. If you are a grown-up then behave like the adult that you (think) are.

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