I believe in the usefulness of ancient wisdom to guide us in contemporary times, especially when times are turbulent. I often write about the wisdom of my own Italian cultural heritage. I was fortunate to be raised in an extended Italian family, in a neighborhood surrounded by relatives and friends from Italy. When growing up, of course I didn’t have the capacity to realize that I was learning extraordinary and valuable life lessons, through stories and observation. However in retrospect, I understand how the everyday wisdom I was surrounded with back then would become vitally important to my life in a clear and lasting way. The trips I made to Italy with and without my grandfather, the observations I made through my own cross-cultural research, and the countless life-changing experiences I lived throughout the years in Italia, which I consider my second home, have shaped me into the person I am now— which is the person I know I am meant to be.
Have you ever wondered what insights you might gain if you were to connect with your own cultural heritage? I have seen many people gain a deeper understanding of who they are through exploration of their ancestry. You may be generations away from your ancestor’s immigration to the U.S. You may even have two, three or more ethnicities in your make up. Researching your cultural roots however can be enlightening and fascinating, and it can also be an enriching hobby in your spare time. You don’t even have to have money enough to travel to the wise and ancient countries of your grandparents and great grandparents. A local cultural museum, like the one I presented my book at recently (Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy) can unlock the fascinating secrets of a past that led to your very presence today. Enrich your own life, by becoming knowledgeable of how you came to be the wonderful person you are. Visit a cultural museum to glean a snapshot of your personal ancestry.
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