Ontario Visited is pleased to introduce our newest Video Series, Ontario Re-Visited ~ Discovering Your Roots.

Each week we will post new Discovering Your Roots videos.

This week, our start off week, the video is “Reflections of Our Past“.

This includes Judi McWilliams’ thoughts on how the past effects our future.

Ontario Re-Visited ~ Reflections of Our Past

by Judi “Scoop” McWilliams

You may know that I have been on a quest for a few years to find out why “history” and “living history” is important and what kind of impact it has on our society today. Watching the opening of the Olympic Games helped crystallize, in my mind, the importance of the paths walked by so many courageous generations before us. I believe it is important to slow down and reflect on our past by considering where we came from, including the how’s and why’s. What stands out for me are the people “United”. People united in triumph and defeat; in wealth and poverty; in sickness and in health.

At the time when citizens did courageous acts to defend their land, country, communities, they may not have conscientiously known the impact they were having on future generations. Today, we can instantaneously see the results of our efforts. This through both today’s world-wide “24-hour” media and through the Internet’s “real-time” technologies.

What frightens me though is that our society is so instantaneous! We rush, rush, rush. Many decisions are made today without realizing the impact they will have on our future. I believe society needs to continue on the path of “united” generosity – in kindness, service and actions! I believe we all should reflect on our past – for without it, we would not be where we are today!

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