Motivational Monday...Keeping Traditions
If you have seen a photo of my family, then you’ll know that we are made up of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. So yesterday, I was happy to learn that my niece, who is half Chinese and half Hispanic, wants to gather the whole family together to celebrate Chinese New Year this coming weekend.
She wants her children who are one-fourth Chinese to learn about their heritage and not forget a part of their lives.
We celebrate, enhance, pass down and continue the traditions of our ancestors. Those traditions have been modified over the years but it is important that we never forget who and what brought us to where we are.
Traditions don’t have to be related to your ethnic background. For example, having been born and raised in the South, I have never missed a New Year’s Day without my black-eyed peas. At Christmas, my cousin’s husband often has a few dishes from Poland and my little cousin’s family will bring dishes from Croatia.
We expand our world by not just keeping our own traditions but by helping others to celebrate theirs as well.
When you learn about the teaching and the practice of another tradition, you always have a chance to understand your own teaching and practice. Thich Nhat Hanh