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Christmas Hymn Proves Generation Gap Real

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The Generation Gap is Real

These days each generation has a soundtrack for their lives. Last night at a candlelight service I learned exactly what that means. As I opened the Christmas program a list of songs. Some were unfamiliar, My Grownup Christmas List. Then others were more familiar, Joy to the World.

Joy to the World

Joy to the World an uplifting, joyous song. Not sure what bullfrogs have to do with Christmas but…I know all the words. As the program progressed I listened to sweet voices and was glad I made the trip on that cold California night.

An Aha Moment

As the words appeared on the screen I realized it was not Jeremiah’s bullfrog. It was the lord has come. Yes, there is a generation gap and I am proud of it. In those moments I was reminded of our personal frame of reference. Age, experience, and context influence how we see our world. Last night, I realized it has been decades since I attended a Christmas service. In fact, for some families an entire generation.

My takeaway? We see life through different lenses. Especially, as we age. More life experiences often equal more frames of reference. Be kind, be patient, in your communication. Sometimes our lenses need a moment to readjust.

About the Author

Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Judi has also spoken at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, the City of San Diego honored her for launching Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. 

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