Lynn, our fearless leader of the Family History Writing Challenge this month, and owner of The Armchair Genealogist, gave us a challenge today that I readily accept.
"Write about these 5 life lessons that you have identified in, your family history research."
|Sitting on a stranger's tombstone in Old St. Joseph's Cemetery, looking up|
a date on my laptop.
1. First, Above all, Never Give Up.
I've learned that I can achieve a lot more than I thought, including some things I thought were impossible, if I just stick with it.
2. Procrastination is Not an Option.
I've made myself be accountable, and that's been hard for this wanna-be Scarlet O'Hara, "I'll think about it tomorrow."
3. Don't Judge Anyone Whose Path You've Never Walked.
My ancestors who appear from the documented facts to have done things I might not approve of did what they had to do, what they needed to do, or chose to do, at the time. My family is not perfect. Whose is?
4. I am a Descendant of Strong and Brave People.
My ancestors definitely got out of their comfort zones to make a better life for themselves and their families. The made the hard choices. They took chances. The explored new paths. Have I done that in my own life? Yes, I have. Maybe it's because of those whose blood I share. That makes me proud.
What You Don't Like Sometimes Makes You Stronger. There was a time when I blamed my family for my less-than-perfect childhood. As I've gone back over these early memories, the hurts, the insecurities, the scary things, the unfairness, I realize I survived. I was loved. I was blessed to have people who took care of me when the times were tough.
I had some Awesome Role Models!