I love books - but there are so many ways to enhance our knowledge that does not come from a book.
Look to your parents. Your grandparents. Your siblings. Your friends. You and me.
Some knowledge just NEEDS to come from others. We learn from our experiences and from others experiences. We learn from the positive influences in our lives and we learn from the negative as well. Everything is a learning situation. This is one reason I love Blogs. We are sharing our personal knowledge and it will live on and never be lost.
Remember - you are definitely part of the past and you are also part of the future.
I know I have learned so much from my parents and the stories I heard about their parents and families. I learned from my siblings. I have learned from friends and all of you. I have learned so much about my strength from learning about my ancestors. I also know that a part of me will be remembered and go on with the younger folks in the family.
Some people could care less about learning about their ancestors. That is ancient history! Not so much. You may not have personally known these people - but they are in you and your DNA What those people went through is amazing. We DO get many of our traits from those of long ago.
They went through foreign and civil wars. They went through poverty and the great depression. They went great loss and despair. They went through good times and good fortune. So much.
I had a 6X great grandfather that was captured by Indians and later rescued, we had many business owners, we had farmers, we had Amish in recent generations, we had very poor people and wealthy people.
Luckily I have many stories passed down from my folks. I try to pass those on as well. But what about YOUR story...….. your dreams, your hurts, you recipes, your goals, your hobbies, your ideas and thoughts, your life?
Pass those stories on.
NOW is the time to write your story. When you are no longer on this earth - those stories are lost forever!!!!!!
If given a chance talk with parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents - get the stories NOW!!!!!!! Write them down, do not depend on your memory.
We are more like our ancestors than we can possibly imagine. The stories are real and fascinating - they are us.
JUST REMEMBER - had one ancestor in your lineage not endured and had the strength to survive - you wouldn't be here. It's that simple!
We have each gone through good and bad, happiness and sadness, loss and heartache, health and sickness, security and insecurity...……………….. and through it all, no matter how awful or good - you woke up this morning. You are reading this. You have survived! In my book that makes you a success!
Isn't that worth passing on? The knowledge of your survival may just help another. You may be someone's inspiration. Your ideas may help another. That is what it is all about.
FAMILY HISTORY is everything. It is who we are, like it or not.
Don't let it go to the grave with you!
It is PRICELESS information.