An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.
~Will Allen Dromgoole”
If we are open to receiving wise comments and advice from others then we can learn something new, we can see things from a different perspective, we can find solutions to our problems, we can make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others. Older people who have experienced valuable life lessons, younger people who have already uncovered great wisdom- we can learn from everyone whose paths we cross.
In life we have much to learn, and so learning should be a focus in our lives. We all have experiences in our lives that teach us valuable lessons. If we have skills lets share them, if we have knowledge lets pass it on.
What do you think? Do you think that you should let people learn for themselves? Or do you offer advice whenever you can?