Life and Traditions

Traditions are part of our journey as we move through the daily course of living. They come in the form of family traditions, religious and spiritual traditions, social traditions, and working traditions. Oddly enough, you can always tell a company tradition when some asks "why" and the answer is "because we have always done it that way." This signals other areas for discussion which I will leave for another time.When you find a tradition that seems to give purpose to you, follow it with all your heart. Too often, we become scared to believe in paths that have been followed prior to our coming. Seeking a new way is the accepted form of practice. Traditions are handed down from generation to generation, like blessings at mealtime, holiday activities, and certainly spiritual beliefs that span years, lifetimes, and centuries.

There is a certain safety in following a tradition. They offer a history of a direction or practice that has been implemented and repeated over a period of time. When you find a tradition that engages you, follow it until you have a complete understanding or its origin and its meaning. Traditions form firm foundations that make our lives full of purpose through participation. Recognize those traditions that have meaning to you at home and at work, build on them, and share them with those that are important to you. By doing so, your personal growth is sharpened through practice.


“Everywhere the basis of principle is tradition.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"The only new thing in the world is the history you don't know." - Harry S. Truman

"No methods or formulas can be devised to substitute for human judgment and leadership." - Henry Ford

"Nothing, I am sure, calls forth the faculties so much as the being obliged to struggle with the world." - Mary Wollstonecraft, writer

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha

“It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing." - D.H.Lawrence

“A tradition without intelligence is not worth having." - T.S. Elliot


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