August is the month to venerate the ancestors and call their names in many different tongues.
Think of your ancestors and what challenges they may have faced in the making of you, what journeys they undertook for you to be in the here and now. How did they triumph? Their journey started with an idea, a dream, and a small step that has taken them to where you are now. It’s up to you now to move on and take the next step.
Sometimes the ancestors come back to us in so many ways. We may have a young baby and we think this baby or child looks like or reminds us of an ancestor in their mannerisms. Sometimes the lineage becomes a circle and comes back to us. An ancestor may return because they left the earth incomplete and need to return to finish something. They may return because they have something to tell you that will give you direction and make live more liveable. They may return because wherever they are, they have learnt something new and want to guide you and present generation with that knowledge. Whatever the reasons, rest assured that their energy and spirit are still with us.
Think about a personal ancestor of yours and consider what traumas, changes they went through. How did they cope mentally and physically? Is there anything they did that you can do better, any traits you carry from them that may help you to embrace change and the times we are living in now.
Now, take a minute or two out of your day to reflect and honour your ancestors. Relax, breathe, and sit in deep reverence of their lives and their struggles so you can be here. Whatever personal challenges you have, draw strength from them. If today is not convenient, choose your own day and time when you can show appreciation. Celebrate them with friends, family, or quietly.
Remember today is not a day to get angry. It is a day to commemorate what we have lost and to celebrate what we have won.
‘Silence brings the wisdom of the ancestor.’ (Proverb)
‘There is no future for a people who deny their past.’ Marcus Garvey (prophet, leader and politician.)