The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it. ~ Anonymous
It was a different world when I was a kid and so were the childhood stresses and routines. When I was growing up childhood stress was about whether or not we remembered to bring our gym uniforms home to have them washed, starched and ironed to perfection before putting them back on again. Too many demerits for forgetting affected your grade. If you are a baby boomer, you’ll relate to that.
Life wasn’t quite as frantic for children as it is today, running from activity to activity. When the school bell rang at 3:10 pm, it was time to go play outside with neighborhood children. Only if it rained, were you allowed to be indoors to watch an hour of TV, perhaps “Father’s Knows Best. You knew from routine that when dad came home from work you’d hear your mother shout out “Time for Dinner.” It was time to gather around the family table. If there was an empty chair the family felt all broken up.
With certainty, Easter meant going to church, and getting all dressed up with white gloves, shiny white or black patent leather “mary jane’s” with a little pocketbook to match. There were rituals that went with every holiday. And you knew without a doubt that mom’s card club or bowling team met every Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock sharp.
Back then, life was more certain and families were more intact. When raising children in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no need to read books about the mind, body and spirit connection because in my opinion, life was already lived in accordance with more wholesome core values. Balance was what you talked about in connection with the see-saw, not in counseling sessions trying to bring harmony back to an entire family.
Here is a link to an article by Jennifer Buckett that speaks to the issue of past and present values and morals. http://bit.ly/NP5FaN. I don’t necessarily agree with every charge in this article, but overall Buckett makes some good points.
I’d like to hear from our readers. Do you agree that life was lived more in balance in the 1950s and 1960s? What are your thoughts on our societal changes? Are they for the better or worse in raising families?
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