I love history.
I am fascinated by the evolution of societies and, in particular, the small events that shape the course of eras.
Much of what I find interesting is recurring themes which define the human experience, the timeless lessons that shaped our past and guide our future.
On Memorial Day, America: The Story of Us culminated after twelve episodes.
The show traces the United States’ beginnings as a humble outpost for British castaways and highlights key events in the country’s 400-year development into a “shining city” for the entire world.
Freedom’s promise still draws millions every year.
As the immigrant population ballooned in the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, Ellis Island put fire to the cultural melting pot. In the 62 years it was open, more than eight million people moved through the station en route to new lives.
One quote from the arrival guidebook advises us of what lay in store for our own journeys:
Forget your customs and ideals. Select a goal and pursue it with all your might. You will experience a bad time, but sooner or later, you will achieve your goal. Don’t take a moment’s rest. Run.
The lesson is just as true today as you undergo your own dramatic change.
Focused perseverance, though enduring great hardship, requires all your energy.
Leave behind all you knew.
Adopt a new vision and fix it in your mind.
Remember your desire in dark hours under the weight of oppressive fatigue.
It pulls you through while you’re yearning to breathe free.