Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.
August 14th - Always willing to share my ignorance ...
My family tree is a few branches short! All help appreciated.
We are connected to our parents and all the generations that precede us. We may have inherited our father’s athleticism or our mother’s beautiful smile.
Going through old family photos, I can see the physical characteristics we’ve inherited. Often we notice the negative ones: short legs, crooked teeth, unruly cowlicks. All of us can easily identify in our ancestors our own least favorite body part. In addition to physical attributes, we also inherited character traits, some good, some not so good. But we don’t always pay as much attention to those.
Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.
We are all an accumulation of not only our life experience, but those who were our ancestors. Our ancestors are as near to us as our breath and bones. We blame them for our good luck but not for our misfortune.
A family tree can wither if nobody tends it's roots.
Still and all God has made all of us beautiful, special and unique, too. Our ancestors determine many things about us but we decide our own future.
Remember too, you will also be an ancestor some day! Think about what you’ll pass on to future generations.
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.