I’m just going to start with that number in this week’s short & sweet post.
There are times we don’t feel it’s necessary to learn about where we come from.
But I’m here to remind you that where you come from is kind of a big deal!
It took MILLIONS of people for you to even be here reading this email, doing what you’re doing.
Without those people, your experiences, your personality, your purpose, your love, your lessons, your talents, YOU wouldn’t be able to express themselves in the world today. They all had a wide variety of experiences from the joyful to the traumatic. But it led to you to either continue their legacies of love or break their cycles of harm.
When I feel I’m in doubt or like I’m alone, I close my eyes and imagine my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, my great-great grandparents, my great-great-great grandparents (which by the way is already 62 individuals who had to exist standing behind me having my back!) and the almost infinite numbers who came before them. And that’s just the BIOLOGICAL DIRECT ANCESTORS! Think about all the cousins, uncles, aunts, adoptive families that also came before you.
We may feel like we are alone in this physical world, but the spirits of our ancestors are with us actually all the time through their energies and their stories. Some living through the words of stories, others living within us (see my podcast with The Daring Kind where I speak about epigentics).
I found this really cool pictograph on Instagram originally from @coolgirlgenealogy. It’s almost funny when people ask me if I found all of my ancestors (although I definitely want to). But there i something very powerful about this.
You have over 1 million 18x great grandparents (that’s 20 generations back) and TOTAL going back JUST 20 generations (yes I did the math just for you!) you have
going back 20 generations!!
EACH ONE OF THEM WITH A NAME AND A STORY.
AND IT ALL LED TO YOU BEING RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.
Put it this way, most baseball stadiums hold only between 45,000 to 50,000 people.
What I’m saying is this
Your story matters…. more than anything.
Because YOU are part of the tapestry of the history of the world.
YOU are supposed to be here.