From One Generation to the Next

legacy lessons mission vision and values Published on October 24, 2022

“Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.”

Every culture around the world has its version of that proverb. In England, it’s “Clogs to clogs in only three generations.” While in Japan, it’s “rice paddies to rice paddies in three generations.”

What does it mean? One generation “makes it,” finding success. The next generation rides the coattails of the previous generation’s success. By the third generation, any semblance of success is gone.

All of these point to the fact that we don’t succeed as connected families for very long—usually not more than a generation or two.

That should bother us. Another way of summing up the issue is that while our kids may follow our values, our grandchildren are not likely to do so.

Why?

We’re too short-sighted. At best, we think our kids and maybe our grandkids can have a good life. But that vision is too small and lacks specificity.

What if our vision was five to seven generations of family who shared the same values and lived them out?

Imagine if each generation knew the same family stories.

What would happen if each generation knew what it cost to get here, and shared in that experience?

Perhaps then instead of “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations”, the proverb might become “from one generation to the next.”


“What if our vision was five to seven generations of family who shared the same values and lived them out?” 



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