How Can Roots, Time Management, History & The Surgeon General Help You Live A More Organized Healthier Life?

Educating ourselves about our ancestors empowers us with knowledge to live more fulfilled lives.

Before 1977, roots were something we had if we lived in one place for a long time. But Alex Haley’s epic TV series, gave the word a whole new meaning for Americans.  Haley’s “Saga of an American Family,” got us all wondering about our genes, heritage and previous generations.

In schools across America this February and March children will hear about Black History and in particular Women in History and the Empowerment of Education.

Wikipedia describes education in broad and general terms as: “the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people lives on from one generation to the next.” And that: “it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts.”

Living a more organized life is like driving safely: we need to be mindful of the traffic and look in the rear view mirror, before we decide what action to take in order to arrive at our destination on time and in one piece.”     ~   DorothyTheOrganizer


  • Looking back, taking stock, examining our life and perhaps the lives of our parents, helps us decide what’s important, bringing goals and dreams into focus to help us organize our life values. Our children can also learn how to cope with “today” from how we overcame difficulties “yesterday.”
  • Once we realize what’s most important in our life, we are better able to prioritize tasks, make a “to stop” list as well as “to do” lists.
  • Time Management comes more easily when we center our actions on our values, the truly important things in our life can take priority and the less important weeded out.
  • Our family histories can reveal genetic and hereditary predispositions so that we can modify our behavior and actions for better lifestyle choices, including diet, exercise and stress management.
  • Organizing family health histories saves time: in the doctor’s office, tracking follow up appointments, having test results on hand to share and caring for the old and the young in an emergency.

Oprah founded her first girl’s school in South Africa after she learned that “teaching” was in her ancestry.  And In 2004TheUS Surgeon General began to promote sharing family health histories because having that knowledge can encourage us to live a more healthfully proactive lifestyle.

“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, contributor for the Encyclopedia Britannica

Educating ourselves about our ancestors, their genes and heritage can empower us with knowledge to live more fulfilled lives.  DorothyTheOrganizer’s mission is to help you become more organized so that you can achieve your goals, take care of your family and live a happier healthier life!

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