Four lightworkers on how the power of the past has shaped their present-day path.
– KEYS SOULCARE
So much of who we “are” in the world hinges on our own unique story — from the cultures and communities that nurtured us, to the lessons imparted from mentors who stoked our senses of creativity, curiosity, and innate self-worth.
Today, we’re sharing a few quotes from lightworkers who credit their current path to the pivotal souls from their past. Read on, and get inspired to reconnect with a priceless life lesson (or a teacher) with renewed gratitude.
“I just remember having a very creative childhood — knitting, painting, [and] dancing with my sister. My mother owned a pottery shop and my grandfather was an artist. My father is a DJ. So to me, I’ve always looked at joy as creativity. Anything I can do to express myself always brings me much joy and healing. These are all practices I’ve carried into my young adult life, too.” — Akili King,Vogue writer and editorial assistant
“I do this work to create a safer space for my grandchildren. I do this work because my ancestors did it for me.” —Nicole Cardoza, yogi and anti-racism activist
“I went to Bryan Stevenson’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial in Montgomery, and I had a moment [when] it became very clear that I had an ancestral person around me. I realized that I’m standing on someone else’s shoulders, someone [who] made many sacrifices for me to be here. So a goal for myself is to be worthy of standing on their shoulders — extending their livelihood, and also relieving them of any trauma they may have suffered, through my own living.” — Anthony Demby, sound director, experience curator
“Each day, I set my intentions at sunrise. I listen to Father Sky and Mother Earth. It’s the connection to this land — my ancestral land — that drives me, who I am, and what I do.” — Amy Yeung, activist and fashion designer
Think back. When was the last time someone’s words or actions deepened your vision for your own legacy? Share what comes to mind in the comments!