It's A Family Thing
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Rhiannon Ellis
November 2010
Contributor
Written by
Rhiannon Ellis
November 2010
I think it's a common goal within families that every new generation fares better than the previous, that as the family grows so do the achievements. For some this is an educational matter, perhaps even a financial one. For others, for mine, it's more about overcoming adversity and rising above the blacks and grays that so shaded the lives of generations past, and looking toward a brighter, clearer future. Some people are beholden to the concept of destiny; they let their so-called fate steer them in the direction allocated by the universe or God or their circumstances. Others embrace their gifts, seize their opportunities, and thrust themselves forward because, to them, destiny is not something we wait for; it's something we make. As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself looking back, thoughtful of the women in my family who are amongst the strongest I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. White picket fences did not encircled their lives and happily-ever-after endings were sparse. Some died without having found themselves, left this earth with sorrow and regret in their hearts. But their humble and sometimes shattered lives were not in vain, for those who came later learned and grew and accomplished. They clawed and conquered. They loved, lost and loved again. For my family, I am grateful to you, for who you are. Good or bad, right or wrong, your impact has been immense, your influence has been inspirational. You have given me a legacy to pass down to my children, one molded by fighters and survivors, one they can be proud of. Happy Thanksgiving. I am blessed. Rhiannon Ellis http://www.rhiannonellis.blogspot.com

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