We live in a society that worships youth. People in their 50s and 60s (and sometimes even 40s) often find it hard to find employment, with hiring often biased towards younger workers. However, if you think about it logically, ageism as an economic policy for businesses does not make sense.

People who have spent a number of years in the workforce often show far more dedication and commitment than do their younger peers. They’ve been broken in already, and realize the importance of punctuality and consistency. They have a wealth of experience, and can usually call upon their training and contacts when needed. Rather than being a drag on productivity, their life skills and background help them contribute because of their years, rather than in spite of them.

We are all the sum of our experiences. Every place we’ve passed through, every person we’ve encountered and every problem surmounted, helps form our characters and shape our personalities. You are where you are today because of your past, and from your present lofty plateau you surveil all the stages that came before.

That’s why, when we count Sefirat HaOmer, we don’t number off the days, “Today is the first day,” “the second day,” etc. Rather, we enumerate them: “Today is three days,” “four days,” etc., all the way till “Today is 49 days, which is 7 weeks.”

It is very tempting to constantly look ahead and trade on potential, but it is also important to appreciate that which you have already achieved. Rather than considering your current position just a stage that that must be passed through on the way to somewhere else, remember that you are the formed by your accomplishments. It’s not just the thirteenth day of a process; rather, today commemorates thirteen full days of accomplishments to date, that made you who you are and will help you in the days ahead.