When people visit my house, one of the first things they say is, “Wow. You’ve got a lot of pictures!” They are right; I have photographs of people, mostly my family, on every piece of furniture that will hold them. They are my history.
These pictures are a combination of old, sepia photos of my ancestors and photographs of my immediate family. I put them together – both old and new – in a variety of frames. I enjoy looking at these pictures.
I believe it is important to learn about our history, as individuals and as a human race. Yet, we tend to make “history” the bad guy; some believe it is a collection of our mistakes. But, it is also a map that tells us how we got to where are today.
I appreciate what Cicero said about history:
“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.” ~ Cicero
My favorite part of this quote is that history “illumines reality.” I like the idea that history gives light to our lives.
History that encourages inspirational stories
One of my favorite bloggers who gives light to my life is Hilary of Positive Letters…Inspirational Stories. I don’t know if she would actually call herself a history writer, but she’s taught me a lot about history.
In her posts she will often begin talking about a common everyday item – a garden, a type of food, a street name – and then introduce a different topic. She weaves these topics together so we see how their histories fit like a puzzle. I love how she does this!
Among other things, her posts have taught me that:
The fascinating development of the alphabet and words – one of my favorites! I loved how she ended this one with the following summary:
“As you can see our Alphabet developed and became mixed and more refined as the lexicographers worked their magic over time. The humans spread language, mixed roots and allowed through regional differences, their nomadic wanderings, their exploration to see ‘what lay over the ocean’, this magnificent legacy that we have today which is WORDS. A way to describe our life, remember past lives through writings and stories from millennia ago, and to converse, post and journal our way with words for our readers.”
Very appropriate for those of us who live by words:~)
Hilary is my favorite historian, mainly because she doesn’t just talk about “timeline” history. She talks about the history of everyday things and best of all; she makes her history lessons FUN.
I think Hilary would agree with Dr. Carl Sagan, since he said:
“You have to know the past to understand the present.”
Thank you Hilary! My present is always enriched by you teaching me about the past:~)