What I hoped to achieve amongst all of us is a discussion, which will bring both young and old to share the "common glue," which binds us all. None is so capable of guiding us on this journey as our guideposts to wisdom, whom I have spoken about in EPISODE XV - THE WISDOM OF ANDREW. A number of you have already found such guideposts to wisdom in your mentors, your teachers, your social workers, grandparents etc., while others are still struggling with this need and have asked for guidance.
The most common way to find a guidepost is through your local family services organization; being computer savvy, which I am sure you are, just do a search for this topic. Here you will find trained social workers offering many types of services from helping you with your homework to just lending a “listening ear”. These services are free and all it takes is for you to get the courage to call and speak to the person on the other side; tell them Mr. Leousis, the Substitute Teacher advised you to call.
Our libraries are filled with books, media and all forms by which we tend to communicate and pass on knowledge. You might not realize this but they are also places where you can come across many "Guideposts to wisdom." These may be elderly, retired or not, men and women whom you may approach and use as your guideposts to wisdom. You will sense their presence; you will overhear their thoughts if you listen. One way to break the ice might be to have them read this episode and ask what they think of it, they might offer to be your guide.
The Silent ones:
Sometimes, such guideposts to wisdom are just there, without you realizing it. Let me cite an example:
For some time now, my son has been attending basketball. He has had two coaches, both devoted individuals who give their time and skill without question: People whose deeds and sacrifice need to be socially recognized by us all.
I have taken their service for granted thinking that my annual payment to his league meant payment for their service. I was wrong. One of the coaches, Steve, has been volunteering his time without compensation. He does this volunteering out of the sheer goodness of his heart. To me, this is a "silent guidepost" to wisdom, one who is there for our youth and guides by example. Thank you, Steve.