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We are a family of many traditions, and we are fortunate that longevity seems to be a family trait. My great uncle was the first to come to America, and over a period of 20 years helped the rest of our very large family come as well, one parent and child at a time. He saved money for airfare and helped each family member who passed through Ellis Island into New York find a job and a class to learn to speak English. His life was dedicated to service to his family, and because of him we are all here.
His brother, My Grandfather, was the father of ten children. He lived to be 89, married 70 years to my grandmother, and I remember him as a devout old man who would take his grandchildren for walks with a wooden cane, or sit in his garden for hours at a time reading his Bible. My father told me grandpa was the village doctor in his old country- he was one of the few who could read and when anyone was sick, he administered first aid and basic health care, or gave penicillin, often saving lives.
New York Life’s Keep Good Going is about perpetuating the personal good that positively affects your family, the good that you want to pass onto others you care about, whether in big or small ways, because you know firsthand that it can help shape them.
I’ve taken a sabbatical from my pharmacy career while my children are young, but I often felt my desire to become a pharmacist was inspired by hearing that my grandfather was his village’s “medicine man”, and hearing tales of how my ancestors took care of and served others. My husband lives a life of service, and it’s something we plan to teach our boys as well.
What life lesson or story has inspired you to keep good going in your own life?