Monday Musings 31/10/11
MJ and I stopped at a Tim Horton’s the other day on our way through to London, Ontario. It was filled with hat wearing senior citizens socializing over a hot cup of coffee. Their big decision was whether they wanted a small, medium or large.
On at least two occasions this weekend, I have enjoyed a Grande, Pumpkin Spice Latte with no cream in a London Starbucks. Both times I noticed it was filled with an intergenerational crowd of computer carrying, Kindle bearing people sipping on a coffee that depends upon the learning of a whole new language when ordering at the counter.
It is no wonder that we experience challenges, misunderstandings and even fears between generations. Think about it. If you are a computer suave individual who doesn’t mind mortgaging his or her house to buy a coffee and who finds it easy to learn a new language, than the free Wi-Fi Starbucks is for you. However, if you want to save for retirement and don’t depend on 24/7 access to the internet, than Tim’s is the place to be. And we want to get these generations talking?
A cup of coffee is a great way to get people talking and work through some of the intergenerational misunderstandings. Think of what could happen if a hat wearing retiree would use a little bit of retirement savings to treat the computer carrying generation to a Grande, Pumpkin Spice Latte with or without cream at Starbucks – they may learn a whole new language. Or, what if a young person were to put the computer away for a while and sit at Tim’s with one who has been educated by life experiences instead of the internet – they may get a very inexpensive education?
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!