Thought of the Day: March 06, 2018 – Tradition
What does tradition mean to you?
Let those word hang in the air for a few moment while you think about the meaning.
For anyone who is gong to answer this question, it will have a different meaning based on experiences we have had.
Traditions are born when 1 person, or a group, decides to start something that they want to carry on for generations to come.
I come from an east Indian family and was brought up with many traditions. To this day I take part in a few of those family events. To my parents these events are important. I have lots of love and respect for them, so I am happy to do them.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I had our first child. This question of tradition become more important as I started to think about what I would like to pass, to future generations, through her.
Some religious and cultural traditions would be nice. I may not always understand what is happening, agree with them or know why we even do it, but this is what tradition is.
Generations before me, asked the same questions but followed out of respect. This is the East Indian way. You respect tradition and the ancestors who give life to the next generation.
I believe tradition is doing what your ancestors did but finding new ways to involve the next generation and the way they want to carry the family customs.
What rituals do you follow and what new ones will you pass or started?
I would like to teach my kid(s) some of the things my parents thought me. I would also like to start new traditions they can carry on long after I have passed.
Don’t you think this is an interesting way for people to remember us years after we have passed?