Brad Lowder, Sr VP at FamilySearch International, cited a recent study discussing important elements in raising healthy and resilient children. One of the best ways to help the rising generation is to give them an awareness of the ups and downs - what Lowder called the oscillating narratives - in the lives of their parents and grandparents. Without knowing the ups and downs in their family history, a generation is raised untutored in the "practical wisdom" to cope with progress and setback.
In other words, it's helpful for youth to learn of their ancestors' rising narratives of success and falling narratives of failure...and that their forebears kept going, kept trying. That's the oscillating narrative.
In the poetic words of Rudyard Kipling's poem entitled If: "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same...or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools..." etc. You get the point.
We are in the third year of the pandemic. COVID-19 foisted a falling narrative for many sales people. Yet they continue to keep going, to keep trying. They are writing their oscillating narratives as they rise up. BRAVO! We hope you're writing a rising narrative. Share it with the rising generation.
Again from Kipling,
"If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
Yours is the earth and everything that's in it."
Carry on and keep striving.
Good luck and good selling.
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