Edward Winslow, Pilgrim, 1595-1655
Today is a day of giving thanks. One of my ancestors, Edward Winslow (October 18, 1595 – May 8, 1655) was one of the first Pilgrims (Old Comers and Old Planters) to step foot on what is now these United States (1).
I am sure there isn’t one among us who has some ancestor who has accomplished a great deal. Of course, there is the gentle reminder that a “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (2).
There have been many who arrived on these shores before you. Their hard work, labor and toiling makes life as we know it possible today. Think of your ancestors, do you know their history? Do you know of the sacrifices they made to get to where they are.
The May Flower, 1620 by William Formby (1841-1919), LOC
Maybe they learned another language. Maybe they made the rough voyage by ship or plane.
While you have your family and friends together, ask them about their histories. How did they get here?
What are their dreams? What can you do to make their dreams happen?
Happy Thanksgiving. Make it count.
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(1) Edward Winslow — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
(2) Quote Details: Lao-tzu: A journey of a… – The Quotations Page