Lightbulb Moment: A Month of Gratitude – Finding Gratitude for our Ancestors

October 31st, 2013 by Laura Longley

Lightbulb Moment

The Laura Longley Show

November 20, 2012


From the written transcript of Blue Heron Wisdom Radio with Laura Longley: Jim Donovan, The Original Feel Good Guy – November 20, 2012.

You can listen to the entire show here

Now, I wanted to tell you a little bit more about what’s been going on with me in Edinburgh. Last week I let you know that on Wednesday, the day after last week’s show, I was going up to the village where my Scottish ancestors came from. They came to the US in 1772. I felt that that was part of my calling being here in Scotland was to reconnect with kind of that heritage I guess of where they came from. I took a train up there along with a friend of mine that I had met here who I thank gratefully for making all of the arrangements on the train so I didn’t have to worry about how to do that. We took the train up.

It was about a 3 hour train ride into the highlands. This village is tiny. I’m probably going to pronounce it incorrectly. It’s a long name. It’s Rothiemurchus is the name of the village up in the highlands between Edinburgh and Inverness as you get close to Inverness. I went there. I saw it. I kind of went, “Hm. Well, that was nice.” It was one of those things where I had expectations about what might happen when I went there. I was thinking about, “What if this is where I have my epiphany because I go to this village where my ancestors lived.” That didn’t happen.

But, what did happen for me, because the following day was Thursday and if you follow me on Facebook Thursdays are thankful Thursday and we always post about what we’re thankful for in our lives. Usually each week I’ll have a different theme where I’ll ask what’s something in this category that you’re thankful for in your life so that we really start really broadening looking at all the things we have to be grateful for. As Jim and I talked about a little bit earlier on the show, and if you’ve listened to some of the other shows, almost every happiness person I’ve talked to says that gratitude is the #1 way to be happier.

We have thankful Thursday on Blue Heron Wisdom Facebook page. Last week what occurred to me-this is now leading into the Light Bulb Moment, I’ll kind of set that up for you too-is that I am thankful for things that I have inherited from my ancestors. It’s a variety of things. Some of it is personality traits. Some of it is physical characteristics. Some of it is lessons that they have learned and passed on to me. Some of it is my upbringing. There are so many things that I have gained from my ancestors that I am thankful for. Given that this is thanksgiving in the US this week in 2 days, I really wanted to focus a lot on gratitude for the Light Bulb Moment.

In particular, gratitude for what we have received from our ancestors passed down over the generations. Some of the things that I found that I was grateful for when I really looked at it from that perspective, when I’m thinking about these ancestors that came from Scotland in particular, they-think back a minute. This is 1772. That was 240 years ago. It was a couple, John More and his wife Betty and their two small boys. They’re going off into really the unknown. The US was not a country yet. Either crossing this ocean, going on this voyage, I would imagine not really having a good idea of what they’re going to find when they get there. I think about it in terms of me coming to Edinburgh for this month. Actually, I had already been to Edinburgh before.

Even if I had never been to Edinburgh before, all the things I know about Edinburgh, #1, I know they speak the same language that I do, even though sometimes you wouldn’t know it by the accent. I knew how the money worked. I’d seen pictures. I’d seen movies. I had talked to people who were from there. John and Betty, when they were going off to the colonies in 1772, had none of that. It was blind faith on their part. Part of what I inherited from them, that I feel l inherited from them, that I am quite grateful for is this sense of adventure, this willingness to take a risk in order to do something that you think is going to make your life better. I’m very grateful for that.

I’m grateful for having the courage that they had, the courage to take that risk because really, I think about it now, I don’t know if I would have the courage to do that. It seems pretty scary to me. Once they got there, for them to make a go of it, their perseverance and their determination and their willingness to do whatever it was that they needed to do to make it work. They did make it work. 240 years later there’s all these people that are descended from them that are in the US.

The Light Bulb Moment, this long lead in to the Light Bulb Moment, the Light Bulb Moment for today is think about what you’re grateful for from your ancestors. By ancestors, we can even just mean your parents. Some of the things that people posted on Facebook that they were thankful for from their ancestors were a sense of humor, love, being raised in an environment that was encouraging to them, curly hair, good skin. There was this wide range of things. Allow yourself to really have it wide open. What is it that you are thankful for that you have inherited from your ancestors? And, on thanksgiving day, share it with your ancestors that I hope you have the opportunity to spend the time with, with your relatives. Maybe it would even be a great dinner table conversation on thanksgiving talking about your ancestors. Typically we’re with family and we’re all related. Sharing those stories is a great way to remember and have gratitude for what those people have offered to you.

So, wrapping it up, thanksgiving-express gratitude.

2 Responses

  1. John Kifaru says:

    Very good information and would like to ask for more if allowed. Thanks

    • Laura Longley Laura Longley says:

      John, feel free to email me with specific type of info you’re interested in, or browse my blog posts and radio shows for topics of interest.


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