Being Good Ancestors

Hi, my name is Barb, and I’m a “quote-aholic.” I collect quotes like some people collect stamps, or coins, or teddy bears (did I mention I am also a “teddy bear-aholic? I guess that’s a subject for an other blog post). I have notebooks filled with quotes I’ve found while reading, or on Facebook, or that I hear from someone at a webinar or workshop. I have several notebooks filled with quotes. I think the reason I do this is because some quotes stop me in my tracks and hold my attention. They challenge me to think about my life, who I am, where I’m going, and what really matters. To make it into one of my quotebooks, they must have deep meaning for me. Is it any wonder, then, that I was drawn to this beautiful quote by Native American writer, Linda Hogan:

Walking

“I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”

“You are the result of the love of thousands.” Wow! Sit and think about that for a minute. Before you arrived in human form on this planet, thousands in your lineage came before you. They lived, they loved, they knew both joy and sorrow, challenge and abundance. Then they brought forth new life, and so it continued down the line until they got to you. I read somewhere that we carry the experiences and memories of our ancestors with us in our blood. In his beautiful autobiography, “The Measure of a Man,” actor Sidney Poitier refers to it as “blood memories.” This concept came to have an even more profound meaning for me this morning as I was searching for a quote to post for Flower Bear’s Thought for the Day, my daily dose of wisdom on my Flower Bear’s Garden Facebook Fan Page (link below). This quote leapt off the page:

“Are we being good ancestors? ” ~ Jonas Salk

If we carry the love and the lives of our ancestors with us, it would follow that those that come after us will be doing the same, including carrying our love and experiences with them as well. It would seem to me that living an authentic life, a life that we love and that ripples that love out to everyone whose paths we cross, is the best legacy we can leave our descendants. It gives creating authentic lives for ourselves even more validity … it gives us purpose. It is, most likely, the best memory we can give those who come after us.

This week for our writing assignment on the Home Page, we are going to share a piece of advice for our descendants to carry with them. We can really get creative and authentic with this one. As always, have fun with it and, always, keep writing.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. Here is the link to your daily dose of wisdom: http://www.facebook.com/FlowerBearsGarden.

 

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7 thoughts on “Being Good Ancestors

  1. I love collecting quotes, too. The problem is, I fill notebooks with them and then forget about them. It’s so much fun to go back, read, and love them all over again! 😀

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  2. I am also a quote lover and when I find one that moves me, or asks me to look deeper into myself, I most often create a graphic with the quote to share on social media. So often it is the first time people have read the quote and say they find what I share thought-provoking. Which is exactly my intention. There are so many quotes that also educate, or illuminate a new perspective…especially when it comes to nature and to animals. As someone who is a messenger of new possibilities, my hope is always that they will be moved to re-look at their own perspective and maybe go a little bit deeper.

    As far as wisdom to pass down. I think of all the ‘green thumb’ wisdom I inherited from my mother’s matriarchal side and how my brother and I are also keepers of that wisdom. The deeper I look in my own life, the more I reveal how important it is to stand for something that is important to us. To not go quietly into the night, but to blaze a trail that leads to new places. One of my favourite quotes is “To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.” And that is what I hope my ancestors will look back and see that I have done in some small way.

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  3. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only “quote-a-holic” around. Love the quote “You are the result of the love of thousands.” It’s interesting as I’ve started to research my ancestors from both my mother and father’s side, learning about their lives. I even did a DNA test which revealed that some genealogy goes back to Belarus and South America. This is so weird since I’m French Canadian.
    Great read.

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