Tradition, is it the Birthplace of Our Legacy?
:02 read “Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
The word “tradition” chaps some people. Ok, sometimes it even bugs the crap out of them. It’s so beige, I get it. After all, “we’ve always done it that way” is a pretty lame excuse for doing it that way. The mere mention of the word tradition conjures up images of stuffy, boring and humorless practices and “snowy beards”, you know? It’s just not with it and we all want to be with it, right?
How about if we take a look at it from a different point of view, could we? No argument from me, it’s the past that gives birth to tradition. Old days, old ways. No doubt about it. But think about it this way, maybe it’s meant simply to serve as a foundation. Nothing more than that, necessarily. Maybe it becomes what we build on so we can go on to design our life and our unique legacy.
Is our legacy born in tradition?
There’s an argument to be made for it. In our own family, we had little rituals and things we did a certain way. I think every family does. When we raised our daughters we owned a bustling gift shop and a small manufacturing company. The holidays meant crazy busy days and long hours. We focused on just a few activities but it made them memorable. For example, no matter what, one night each week we put candles on the table and ate our supper off an inexpensive set of unbreakable Christmas dishes. Mac and cheese, maybe goulash; simple fare but a special moment. It was our little tradition.
Today, both our daughters are married and have a family. Even our grandkids aren’t little anymore. In fact, our oldest will graduate in the spring. The world is a different place and life moves at a frantic pace. But happily, the childhood traditions planted in their growing up years have blossomed into a legacy of family bonds and yes, traditions. Joy fills my heart. My husband and I are no longer in leading roles. We’ve moved from center stage, but the way they celebrate life with their families assures me we’re still very much a part of the narrative.
“Please think about your legacy because you’re writing it every day.” ~Gary Vaynerchuk
I encourage you to embrace the traditions that shaped your worldview. Honor them. They made you the person you are. Now, take the best and weave them into your individual story, a tapestry formed with your voice with your words. Paint your picture using your favorite colors. Create your unique traditions and stitch them into your personal legacy. I wish you love and joy. Have a blessed holiday season!