Think About the Challenges Our Ancestors Faced – and Be Grateful for the Sacrifices They Made on Our Behalf
Every week here on the program, we get a visit by my wife, Jean. It's everybody's favorite segment of the program. Jean is a student of the Healing Arts, Reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and of course, macrobiotic and plant based cooking. Here's Jean.
Jean Edelman: Hi. Great to be here this week. This week, my word is ANCESTOR. Ric and I just finished watching 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone. Both are excellent and highly recommended. 1883 is a story of settlers on a wagon train along the Oregon Trail. I know it's just TV show, but it really is amazing to look at life on the Prairie, and I think about how it took tough, determined people to settle this beautiful country. They had to be thinking, planning, live without, live outdoors, forage for their food, know how to use a gun, and be prepared to use that gun.
The show made me think of my ancestors. Ric and I, we're both second generation Americans. Ric's grandparents came from Russia, Germany and England, and my grandparents came from Ireland and Italy. This is cool. I got a glimpse of my ancestors when we visited the town that they were born in in Italy. This is my mom's mom. My great-great grandfather was a tailor, and my great-great grandmother was a seamstress. It was just great to walk the streets where they lived as young people before they came to the United States.
And so an action item is let's take some time to think about our challenges that our ancestors experienced. Our lives today are so much easier and there's so much better because of what they went through. And so my word of the week is ancestor.
The A is for accolade recognition of accomplishment.
Our lives are due to their struggles and challenges. Our obligation is to leave a bright path for the next generation.
N is for navigate.
Each day, each year, each decade is new and different. Let's be nimble and navigate a path of health and success.
C is for calling.
We all find our way. What is important to us and brings us joy and fulfillment, it is often a winding path, but we eventually get there.
E is for empathy.
Understanding, compassion and care for those that went before us and blazed the trail. Let's show empathy for them and for others. It helps make the world a better place.
S is for scenic.
Boy, do we live in a beautiful country. Let's go out and explore.
T is for time.
It's all relative. Will something that is bothering us today be important five years from now? Probably not. How about we let it go?
O is for onward
toward a position that is ahead in space and time. You know what? That's all we can do is move forward. There is no going back. Let's make this moment count.
R for rapport.
Do you think if we put yourself in a room with all of our ancestors, would there be rapport? Do blood relations make us more connected? It could be fun to find out. I love these moments of perspective and I hope you do, too. Have a great week.