An Untapped Source of Strength

Whether you like it or not, you are probably 2-3 generations from someone of great faith. It could be your grandparents or great-grandparents who likely had a simple faith in God and derived incredible strength from that. In most ways, they had a much tougher life than we do these days. That is not to say that we don’t all have our difficulties, in fact as mentioned in a prior post, the quote “Be Kind for everyone is fighting a great fight” holds for all people at all time. It just reflects the nature of our lives on Earth.

You, possibly, may know more “things” but that doesn’t make you smarter than your ancestors. Popular culture loves to denigrate the beliefs of people just a generation or 2 ago. They judge people based on their knowledge and not their wisdom. The ancient Hebrew prophets and sages and the ancient Greek philosophers, had profound wisdom and trained in how to use their minds to probe eternal truths. There were many who toiled in having a simple faith and relationship with Divinity, they did this with a brilliance that is hard to find these days.

Which brings me back to the title of this post. You should know that besides the genetic inheritance of your ancestors, you possess a lot more. If you choose to access this, spend some time contemplating that there are great people behind you who survived and thrived who while no longer here in the physical remain connected to you. Thinking about them gives me great strength and motivation to face each day squarely. It also helps me stay on a balanced path in a crazy world.

Image above from from page 45 of “Religious emblems : being a series of engravings on wood, executed by the first artists of that line, from designs drawn on the blocks themselves” (1809)

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Jonathan Carp, MD

Dermatologist, health food entrepreneur, beach addict, and health teacher.