Week 52: Advice

Originally Published:  December 24, 2011

My advice to future generations, including my niece and nephews, is to live each day as if it were your last!  Not to be afraid to take chances but instead to embrace the challenges that life throws our way.

Life is a series of choices.  Try to make each choice considering what you think will make you happy with the knowledge you have at the time and not spend time looking back rethinking each choice later.  You can only do the best you can do and go on with your life.  Don’t waste our precious time on earth with regrets and worry.  I know this will come as shock to those who know me because they will know that I tend to worry about everything but I am trying to stop that and to follow my own advice!   That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reconsider things but don’t waste time on the regrets and rethinking.  Make a choice to change things with the knowledge you have now and move on again!

I try to live my life with this prayer in mind each day:

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference!  That last part is often the hardest part – determining what can and cannot be changed but I ask each day for God’s guidance!

I also remember often my favorite quote:

And I, I took the road less traveled by … and that has made all the difference.  Robert Frost

My life may not have taken the path I thought it would when I was a little girl but it has taken my life path.   I try each day to thank the Lord for the blessings of my life and not waste time on the what ifs..  Because if I had chosen one of the what ifs then I wouldn’t have the blessings I now have!  I may not know the reasons for my life’s path but I know who chose the path for me and that there is a reason for that path.  Someday I will know the answers when I meet the one who designs the paths.

And just a thought or two for any interested in genealogy research, as far as I know now, we aren’t closely related to any kings, queens, royalty, or other public or wealthy people.  We apparently come from a long line of farmers, ministers, and ordinary people who live their lives in very ordinary ways:  occasionally serving their country in the military, serving God in the church, and providing love, food, and shelter to their families.

Week #52 – Advice

Week 52. Advice. Do you have any advice for future generations who may be researching your family? For example, was there a name change or a significant relocation in your past? This is intended to be a very flexible question. Answer it any way you wish.

This challenge runs from Saturday, December 24, 2011 through Friday, December 30, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.