Change has been sweeping the globe, and it has had a profound impact on our lives. Maybe it’s time to see where change has taken us. After all, change is good — if it’s in the right direction. Do you remember the good old days when:
- It was cool to love your country.
- A cell phone wasn’t considered part of a table setting.
- A news anchor was the most trusted man in America.
- Time off was time off.
- Parents reprimanded their kids without getting reprimanded.
- Celebrities were made famous for the roles they took on, not the clothes they took off.
- Spam was food.
- You didn’t count your friends; you counted on them.
- Kids used to whine. Now grown-ups do.
- Hard work was a celebrated virtue.
- Teachers spent more time answering student, rather than parent, questions.
- 1984 was science fiction.
- Preparing dinner didn’t require a phone.
- Doing something illegal was against the law.
- Disrespecting your elders had consequences.
- Sunday morning was reserved for church.
- PC meant computer.
- Free speech was talked up.
- A penny bought something.
- Rewards went to the most deserving.
- Politicians were considered role models.
- Your mouth was washed out with soap for using foul language.
- People talked to each other, not over each other.
- You supported your local Mom-and-Pop store.
- We wrote love letters rather than texting them.
- Teachers were teachers and politicians were politicians.
- Traditions were honored.
- You only checked for mail one time per day.
- Sears was a household name.
- Lebanon was a tourist destination.
- Children didn’t need a license to open a lemonade stand.
- Holidays were celebrated, not attacked.
- Bad news traveled slower.
- Veterans Day was more than a sale day.
- People were too proud to accept handouts.
- Snowflakes fell out of the sky.
- Success wasn’t frowned upon.
- Children entertained themselves.
- Raising kids was considered a full-time job.
- People were not offended when you said, “Merry Christmas.”
- Stepping up meant raising your hand, not volunteering someone else.
- You earned your trophy.
- Politicians ran for office not from their constituents.
- Face-to-face conversations weren’t made via phone.
- Kids’ sports were not a fierce competition.
- Doctors made house calls.
- Personal notes were handwritten, not typed.
- People said it doesn’t pay to exercise. (Now they’re paying for it.)
- You didn’t expect rewards, you earned them.
- Little House on the Prairie and The Cat in the Hat were considered children’s classics.
- Christmas was less about presents and more about being present.
- Holding the door for someone was a welcomed gesture.
- Nobody had all the answers. (Now everyone does.)
- Kids recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school.
- Airline travel was considered luxurious.
This isn’t a plea to return to the past. It‘s an appeal to pause.… Just because it’s new doesn’t make it better. If change isn’t making things better, it’s time for change. Life doesn’t happen to us. It’s created by us. Do you remember the good old days?
Do You Remember the Good Old Days?
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