Lessons Learned from the Pilgrims

My favorite question when I teach is:

Why are we learning this? or Why do I have to know this?

It generally leads to frustration for me as I am quite task oriented and feel the need to complete whatever I have planned, but in many cases, the question has caused me to pause and reflect on what I have learned and why I need to know the information. Such is the case with the pilgrims. Lessons Learned from the Pilgrims

There are many valuable lessons we learn from studying our heritage and particularly from our pilgrims. Here are just a few:

  • Industry. Their humble example of working hard does much for our youth and ourselves today. I am grateful for their sacrifice as I sit in my warm house and not worry about having to trudge through elements to feed my family.
  • Trust in their Creator.
  • Forging partnerships with people who were different from themselves. There is much to say on this point and many different views, but I like to simply ponder on one question. In what ways can I learn to get along with others who are drastically different than myself?
  • Open to learning new things.
  • Learned to share.
  • Persevered through the most difficult and life-threatening of situations.

As I gratefully and humbly approach this holiday, I will continue to ponder, reflect and give thanks to those who provided us with a great example and lessons of endurance and perseverance.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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