Ink on watercolor paper – Words: Maugham

Traditions are those things we do because that is always how it has been done, or what has been done. We put the Christmas tee in the library, a certain ornament or star on top. We eat off certain dishes, enjoy recipes passed down from generation to generation. We even say or do certain things because that is the way it has always been done. Traditions have the power to give us roots, help us understand who we are and where we come from. They tell us things about our family and our ancestors that may not always translate into stories or tales.

Traditions are wonderful until they confine us or prevent us from doing new things, or doing things a different way. I liked this quote as it reminds us that tradition is a guide not a jailor. We are not imprisoned by all the traditions we employ. We have the choice to do or not do. Their best use it to allow them to guide us towards ways of doing things, always knowing that traditions can change and grow with each new person they encounter.

As we end this calendar year, let us give thanks for the traditions we have inherited and the courage we must employ to step beyond them. Let us celebrate the known and face with courage the unknown. And let us start new traditions within our own lives, ones we will cherish and build upon as the years go by. And let us be grateful for the people who come in and out of our lives that help us understand our traditions as well as move beyond them.

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