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I recently watched a Youtube video titled My Grandfather. It was about passing on more than just your name and it reminded me of the goodness that my own grandfather passed on.
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One of the best ways to keep Good Going is to know and acknowledge the good that has occurred in your own family history and to pass it on.
There have been many studies done stating that the single most important thing you can do for your family is to develop a strong family narrative. Tell your children family stories and help them understand that they they belong to a group of people, something bigger than themselves. Inspire them to keep good going by reflecting on the choices (both good an bad) that have occurred in your family history. As I have looked over various studies, I have found some common theories:
- Kids that know a lot about their families do better when faced with a challenge.
- The more children know about their family history, the more connected they feel to the family unit, and the more control they feel over their lives.
- Children who believe in their family function have higher self esteem.
- Children who know facts and stories about their family (how mom and dad met, various life challenges, etc) have better emotional health and handle stress more effectively.
- Those who know more about their families have greater confidence and ability to “bounce back” from their challenges.
The bottom line:: Tell stories of the good moments you family has had, as well as how different family members have been able to pull through different challenges. Chances are, your children will look to other family members as an example when making important life choices, and your family life will thrive.
Keep Good Going in Your Family
My entire family would probably agree that my grandfather has made a lasting impact on all of our lives. and inspired us to Keep Good Going through the life that he lived, the lessons that he taught, and the stories that he told.
There are 3 things that I remember most about him. 1st, he was always bringing us together as a family. It was important to him that we connected, and that we discussed important life lessons. He spent a lot of time telling us stories and teaching us things that he learned from his own parents and grandparents. He LOVED sharing journal entries and records from those who had passed on.
My grandpa also genuinely loved people. I never heard him talk bad about anyone. When my parents got divorced, he had good reason to treat my dad poorly for the events that had transpired, but he never did. He always showed him love and respect. Whenever I feel “wronged” by another individual, I often think, “what would my grandpa do?” This might be why I was attracted to my own husband. He reminds me a lot of my grandpa in this way. His heart is pure and he never speaks ill of others. I have my grandpa to thank for teaching me what kind of a man to look for.
My grandpa was also the hardest worker I have ever met. Unless he was conversing with my grandma or one of us grandkids, he was always working out in the yard, garden or building something in the garage. Some of his last words included,
“This world would have a lot less problems if everyone put their hands in the soil once a day!”
Is there anyone from your own life that has inspired you to Keep Good Going? Is there a family tradition that has been passed on?