Celebrate Your Family Legacy-part 2

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(Best of Celebrating Your Journey – December 30, 2011)

To all my readers: With 2019, the 14th year of my Celebrating Your Journey blog articles, “From the Heart” byline, I will be offering the “Best of the Best” articles you found helpful through the years. Many thanks to everyone who have given input and followed along w/ each month’s lifeskill—Relationships/Core Values, Time Mgt, Career/Money Mgt, Recordkeeping, Possessions, Housekeeping, Wellness, Meals, Childcare, Recreation/ Entertainment, Reflection, and Celebration. For my new readers, may these lifeskill articles offer you encouragement, insight, and commitment to seek, reach, and achieve your life dreams and goals in synergy.

In the past 30 years, the family, the basic unit of all societies, have been adapting itself to new challenges and opportunities. Families are also changing its structure and types of activities to help cope with new realities and enhance the quality of their lives. The baby boomer generation (born 1944+/-1964) is one of the largest peoples groups of the older age population. While this generation continues to age, Generation X (born 1965+/-1982) will share caregiving responsibilities with the largest generational population yet, Generation Y—or Millennials.

This Gen Y offspring is 70 million strong, born between 1977+/-1995. Accelerating social and economic change is posing new challenges and opportunities for this largest and newest adult generation—preparing the youth for productive life roles. Millennials are also increasingly diverse. One in five have at least one immigrant parent; one in ten at least one non-citizen parent. According to CH Hartill, PhD, Assistant Dean, Butler University, Understanding Millennials, this generation has a variety of advantages—older parents, smaller families, therefore more resources & parental time, more firstborns (roughly 40%) and singletons (approximately 10%), more parental education—one in four Millennials have at least one parent with a four-year degree or higher, and, believe it or not, reduced divorce rates.

Along with the baby boomers and Gen X reaching older ages, Gen Y is a new feature of the 21st century. These generations are connected in more than just size and era. The prospects of these generations will significantly depend on the strength, adaptability and foresight of their families and how they contribute to their own care, the community, and our nation.

In the last article, you were encouraged to plan your celebration of giving in eleven life arenas that support your core values, life goals, career, budget, and friendships. Whether you contribute time, money, materials, or message, there are individuals in your neighborhood and around the world that need your help. The heart-felt rewards of giving are far beyond the gift itself. Along with the baby boomers and Gen X reaching older ages, Gen Y is a new feature of the 21st century. These generations are connected in more than just size and era. The prospects of these generations will significantly depend on the strength, adaptability and foresight of their families and how they contribute to their own care, the community, and our nation.

In the last article, you were encouraged to plan your celebration of giving in eleven life arenas that support your core values, life goals, career, budget, and friendships. Whether you contribute time, money, materials, or message, there are individuals in your neighborhood and around the world that need your help. The heart-felt rewards of giving are far beyond the gift itself.

The first six were BASIC CORE VALUES & PRINCIPLES, HOME/FAMILY/VALUES, RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS/ CHURCH/MISSIONS, HISTORY/WESTERN CULTURE, PUBLIC POLICY/DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, and SCIENCE/MEDICINE.

Here are the other five:

VII. BUSINESS AND LEGAL ISSUES: Organizations that support and train business leaders and legal advisors to advance integrity, honesty, and excellence in the work place and our nation’s legal system.

VIII. EDUCATION/CHILD DEVELOPMENT: Organizations that train young children, teens, and adults to be mature, informed, effective leaders in every field of life.

IX. MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT/CULTURAL DISCERNMENT: Organizations that support your core values in entertainment, news, cultural trends, and influence the media to improve the quality of programming.

X. SOCIAL MINISTRIES: Organizations whose mission is to provide an alternative to state-run welfare programs with effective, compassionate ministries to the underserved, needy and unfortunate.

XI. IMPLEMENTATION: Organizations that coordinate and mobilize leaders across society to improve their communities and the world.

Remember, as with the first six life arenas, there are many creative ways to give and show benevolence (e.g. purchase of materials to publications, giving goods and materials, tax and estate planning, money gifts, time and effort). Celebrate the love and life that surround you. Help this young and growing adult generation embrace the values and compassion for humanity, beginning with your own family.

Open your heart and eyes to all the possibilities for your family, community, nation. May you then experience an exceptionally creative, appreciative, and abundant New Year!