Saturday, November 6, 2010

Things November: Nov. 6, 2010

Here in Texas, the November days are becoming quite beautiful. Warm sunshine and soft breezes were our delight today. The downtown Austin area was bustling and alive with people everywhere! It is good to be alive in the world at this time in history, in this place we call America.

Our forefathers weren't quite so fortunate when they landed here and it always amazes me that, according to stories I've read, many still considered themselves blessed, despite the harsh conditions in which they lived.

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
- H. U. Westermayer


Can you imagine boarding a ship with hundreds of other people, traveling in all manner of weather conditions for months, enduring sickness, death and overcrowded conditions - then landing in a foreign, wild land without even a place to lay your head? In my opinion, what the early settlers did is epically heroic.

What must their lives have been like in their home country for them to completely uproot themselves from everything that was familiar to them and endure the hardships they did?

I’m not an historian. I can’t quote you facts or dates. I can’t tell you who the leaders of the time were. I can only imagine from the point of view of humanity.

I close my eyes and try to picture how they might have felt. Maybe there was a sense of adventure, heading off to a new place - a place that held unimaginable potential for freedom. On the other hand, there had to be some trepidation in their hearts as well. Leaving behind family, friends and familiarity must have struck a certain amount of fear in their very soul.

How did they find thankfulness and gratitude among the illness; among the native attacks; amidst the harsh, cold winter; in the knowing that they are burying more than building? How?

Makes me feel pretty petty and selfish.

I look around me at everything I have – every material possession, every freedom – and often I still find myself  with something to complain about.

Is this what our forefathers envisioned for us? In some ways I suppose yes. We have freedoms that likely go far beyond anything they wished for. And yet, that seems to be our downfall as well. Freedom taken to extremes.

Even so, I am eternally grateful for those who braved the unknown so that many generations to come would develop and have those freedoms.  Their choices and actions set into motion the building of this country.  Even with it's many imperfections, it is still a wondrous place to be.

And like those in times before us, every action we take - every INaction - has consequences.  I urge you to be thoughtful about the choices you make.  Those choices are NOT yours alone.  Those choices will have an impact on many people, for many generations to come.

What unfamiliar territory are YOU willing to venture into so that future generations will benefit from it?  What legacy will you leave for them to carry on? 


Nicole said...

Excellent blog post!

Doris said...

Thank you very much! That is such an honor coming from you - someone that I think is an amazing woman and an accomplished writer!

tinuviel said...

Good thoughts. "7 times more graves than huts." Wow.

Blogging is still unfamiliar territory for me, although I doubt that any future generations will benefit.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and taking time to comment. God bless you!

Leanne said...

What great things to think of here. I've been spending a great deal of time this week (November, you know) talking to my 7 year old about our nations founding fathers and the pilgrims and what sailing to this unknown land must have been like. Your questions at the end of this post are so deep - I love them. I have been looking at printing my blog posts into a book (or a series of books, since one large book would cost loads of $$), but I think the stories that I blog about are things I don't want my daughters to loose or forget, and truly are what makes me . . . me. Does that sound too selfish? Great post, as always!

daylily777 said...

Great Post !

Doris said...

@tinuviel - Thank you for stopping by! I, too, thought that fact about the "burying" was amazing. I never learned that in any of my history books! And I happen to think that your blog/writing is wonderful. Keep it never know where God will use your words to influence others!

@Leanne - What a GREAT idea to put your blog posts in a book to pass down to your daughters. WOW! I mean, these posts are reflections of us and the world around us. How precious would that be to them in the years ahead? Now you've got me thinking about doing it, too!

@Myrna - I'm SO glad you stopped by! I'll be visiting you soon as well...have a blessed day my dear!

Anonymous said...

Es evidente que hay mucho que aprender acerca de esto. Creo que hizo algunas cosas buenas en características también. Sigue trabajando, gran trabajo!

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