John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
It seems like only yesterday that we were children.
We played games, went to school, did our house and homework. We learned our lessons while growing up. As we got older we no longer played kid's games, but concentrated on learning new things. We studied our lessons and learned how to work as adults. We now had responsibilities in life. We got jobs and we dated. We learned that respect is earned not just given. We learned how to work together with other people from other walks of life. We got involved in the community and met many people.
In due time, dating turned into marriage. We now had to share our thoughts and deeds with our mates. As time went on, children came into the picture. We tried our best to help our children achieve both at school and in life. We supported them until they became adults themselves.
Now as time continues to march, our children get mates and settle down. As we look around us, we notice that one by one, our mentors, family members and old friends seem to pass away. Our own grandchildren now look up to us as mentors. Have we done enough in life? It seems that everywhere we look, organizations are ceasing to exist due to lack of members and volunteers. Have we failed in bringing up our children, that nobody wants to help out other people and organizations? Did our own example get lost in the passage of life? Our children and grand-children represent the new generation of us.
It is very sad to see friends and relatives that we loved much in the past, leave us and pass away. We must always remember the good things that have happened in our lifetimes. We must also learn from our past mistakes as to not repeat them in the future. The older we get, the faster the clock seems to be moving. We never have enough time to do the things that we have wanted to do in the past. Time moves faster, but our bodies move slower with age. Let us hope that our legacy to the future is dedication to helping others and hoping that we will not be forgotten in time.
While you have time, spend some time in church, and help out there. The rewards of doing this kind of work are very positive. Please spend your life trying to learn as much as possible, and be willing to pass this knowledge on to others. Set an example with your own life experiences. Live your life so that you will be remembered for what you have done in this world. Be willing to set an example for the next generations to follow.
We are only here for a short time, as is determined by our Creator. Feel the joy of serving with other people as a volunteer. Show others what you can achieve in this life. Be proud of yourself as you help others with your deeds. You will be rewarded. A good example is what our kids need to set up their own lives.
Live every day as a gift of the Lord and live accordingly.