Making the most of our past.

My grandfather, JJ Augustine, U.S. Army, served in Italy, WWII

My grandfather, JJ Augustine, U.S. Army, served in Italy, WWII

The memory of my father, who’s pushing 70, referencing the good ol’ days seems to be a constant of my memory.  “Grandpa sold a bushel of  fruit for 99 cents,” he occassionally says when we talk produce. My grandfather being a farmer and produce distributor.

I’m trying to give the good ol’ days notion a line of thought. And I’m looking at this from the outside inward; is it fair to say then, that my father is not exactly remembering the times for what they were. Is he hung up on a memory, or simply fearful of the present versus the past.

Being nostalgic over a memory is a great thing, getting stuck in the past can have negative affects. To my father, who I generally let say his piece, because he’s earned his right to it. I say, remembering the fact that grandpa sold that much produce for 99 cents should instill in us a set of values.

So that, today, when we purchase a bushel of fruit, we know it’s costly. We assign a level of value to it. And to the work it takes producing it. Then as homesteaders that sense of value leads us to transform that fruit into pies, preserves, jams, jellies, pastries, and eventually compost. We waste not. And appreciate all.

Learning, and retaining lessons and messages from the past is essential to our survival. We must judge what has brought us to our present. What is working and what is failing, giving value to what the past has taught us.

Did anyone appreciate things more in the good ol’ days more so than today? A bushel of apples is always going to be a bushel of apples. How much value you have for it makes the difference.

As a homesteader it’s important to be living both in the past and the present. Taking old ideas, using them as a foundation or tool today. Collaborating with your past and present will keep you moving forward.

Do you ever get hung up on the past? What life lessons keep you grounded in the present?

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