• Kristyn Emmer

Heritage: A Podcast

Updated: May 7, 2020

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to record a podcast about some of the things I care about most with the dear friend, Joy Clarkson. Joy is a lover of beautiful things, things to think about, novel things, and hopeful things (among so many others). So, she asked me to come on her podcast to talk with her listeners about our generational health and our soil health and how all of these things are connected.

That said, in the words of Joy...

What heritage were you given?

What heritage will you leave behind?

Your eyes, your nose, your voice, your strawberry allergy, all of these were given to you, a part of your genetic heritage. But our heritage is not only genetic, we also receive a heritage of words, attitudes, stories, toward work, food, family, faith. From our parents and our community, we may receive predispositions, toward breast cancer, bravery, depression. A heritage can be rich and beautiful, but it can also feel like a noose around our neck. What if we feel like we were given an empty legacy? A heavy heritage? Broken stories and ugly words? Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of those who have come before us?

To be predisposed is not to be predestined.

We not only receive a heritage, we create one. In glorious cooperation with our bodies, our communities, and with God, we can make something new of the world, the body, the self we’ve been given. We can be the first person in forty generations to break a cycle of guilt or to create a legacy of feasting. We have agency, and the choices we make will shape the world around us. We have a duty to steward the heritage we’ve been given, and to pass on a rich legacy to the generations that come after us.

This episode explores the beauty and complication of heritage, what our histories make of us, and what we can make of them.

Listen on Joy’s website here.

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