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7 Reasons to Know Your Ancestry

Robert Odell has traveled and come in contact with various cultures, gaining invaluable life experiences along the way.

Who you are is locked behind the doors of your ancestry.

Who you are is locked behind the doors of your ancestry.

Knowing your ancestry can help you to understand where you came from and how you got where you are. It can help to explain why you react the way you do toward others and why you act the way you do in certain situations. It can help you to pinpoint your strengths and give you the knowledge to understand and work on your weaknesses. The happiest, most fulfilling times of our lives come as a result of knowing about and fellowshipping with our ancestors.

The Seven Reasons

Knowing your ancestry can help you to:

  1. Know where you came from
  2. Understand who you are
  3. Understand your reactions
  4. Understand why you behave the way you do
  5. Pinpoint your strengths
  6. Gain knowledge of your weaknesses
  7. Have a happy and fulfilling life

Know Where You've Come From

Knowing your ancestry can help you to understand how you came to be where you are. Internationally known, American poet Maya Angelo was quoted as saying, "I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going."

I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place.

— Maya Angelo

Having respect for your roots can help you to understand where you presently are. It is essential to know how you got into your current situation. Knowing where you've come from can give you a sense of direction so that you can move forward. How can you go North if you do not know you are in the South, East, or West?

Understand Who You Are

Knowing your heredity can help you to understand who you are. Athenian, Greek philosopher Socrates is noted to have said, "Man know thyself." Understanding who you are can help you to build traits and characteristics that benefit yourself and others around you.

Athenian, Greek philosopher Socrates is noted to have said, "Man know thyself."

Athenian, Greek philosopher Socrates is noted to have said, "Man know thyself."

Much of who you are is rooted in your ancestral DNA. Studies in DNA have revealed virtual road maps in the analysis of who we are. Geneticists like David Reich have shown that the field of genomics can help to explain how you and your ancestors migrated from one area to another. Who you are is locked behind the doors of your ancestry. Knowing your lineage can be the essential key that unlocks those doors.

Studies in DNA have revealed virtual road maps in the analysis of who we are.

Studies in DNA have revealed virtual road maps in the analysis of who we are.

Understand Your Reactions

Knowing your heredity can help you to understand why you react the way you do toward others.

German-born Canadian resident and author Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher. His writings are very popular in the United States. Tolle states, "What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself."

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle states, "What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself."

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle states, "What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself."

Knowing your ancestry may uncover a pattern of extroverted, introverted, passive, or aggressive characteristics in your family line. Discovering your inherited family reactions toward others can help you to develop the habits you need to improve and strengthen yourself.

Understand Your Behavior

Knowing your heredity can help you to understand why you behave the way you do.
According to M.Farouk Radwan, the founder of the web site 2knowmyself.com, "If you want to understand why do people behave the way they do, then you must get a clear understanding of their past." The past shines a light on the treatment that your parents, their parents, and their ancestors received. Clues to why you behave the way you do reveal themselves when you know the history of your ancestors.

The past shines a light on the treatment that your parents, their parents, and their ancestors received.

The past shines a light on the treatment that your parents, their parents, and their ancestors received.

Pinpoint Your Strengths

Knowing your ancestry can help you to pinpoint your strengths. Your energetic learning patterns point to your wise and witty, great great grandmother. Your great grandfather's oratorically perfect sermons foretold your exceptional verbal skills. Your grandfather's gift of always being on time identifies your aptitude for proper time management. Your mother's admiration of the arts signals your passion for creativity. Knowing your past gives you the knowledge to plan your future and the strength needed to carry you there.

Knowing your ancestry can help you to pinpoint your strengths.

Knowing your ancestry can help you to pinpoint your strengths.

Gain Knowledge of Your Weaknesses

I had a friend who became a vegetarian. He did so because his father and his uncle both came down with diabetes in their later years. My friend decided that he did not want that in his life, so he changed his diet at an early age. Through his ancestry, he was able to gain knowledge of potential weaknesses. Another friend of mine decided to become a long-distance runner in his childhood. He did so because his family had a history of asthma. He learned that running could significantly offset the effects of asthma. Ancestral knowledge has identified many genetic ailments. "Has anyone in your family ever had?..." is one of the first questions a doctor will ask a patient.

Through our ancestry, we can gain knowledge of potential weaknesses.

Through our ancestry, we can gain knowledge of potential weaknesses.

Have a Happy and Fulfilling life

A blessing is a favor and or protection from God. One of the first blessings that we see the Creator of All giving to his children is the blessing of becoming someone's ancestor. "And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genisis 1:28) AKJV.

One of the first blessings that we see the Creator of All giving to his children is the blessing of becoming someone's ancestor.

One of the first blessings that we see the Creator of All giving to his children is the blessing of becoming someone's ancestor.

If we stop and think about it, some of the happiest times of our lives came not as a result of that new house, fancy car, those beautiful clothes, or that wonderful vacation. The most joyous times of our lives were the times we spent fellowshipping and spending time with our ancestors and friends.

Knowing Our Ancestry Helps Us

In the 1975 classic movie Mahogany, Billie Dee Williams' character, Brian, makes an unforgettable statement. He passionately says to Diana Ross' character Mahogany, "Let me tell you something, and don't you ever forget it: that success is nothing without someone you love to share it with!"

Knowing our ancestry helps us to understand how we got here. We learn more about ourselves by knowing our ancestral history. We learn why we react and behave in a particular way. We pinpoint our strengths and gain knowledge of our weaknesses — all to share our successes and the happiest and most fulling times of our lives with those we love.

SOURCES

Mahogany. (1975).

Radwan, M. F. (n.d.). Why do people behave the way they do. 2knowmyself. Retrieved from https://www.2knowmyself.com/why_do_people_behave_the_way_they_do

© 2019 Robert Odell Jr

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