Most of us have heard about the Game of Thrones TV show, so you probably have at least a vague idea of the family Houses of Westeros. Each house has its own way of doing things, their own motto, and, perhaps most importantly of all, their own fun animal mascot.
Each house has a “sigil” to represent them on flags and shields and banners. The Targaryens are more than just a little attached to their Dragons. The Starks can literally become their Direwolves. The Lannisters aren’t lacking in Lion pride. These symbols are more than just fashion statements, they help unite the family to a common identity.
This got me thinking, what would our Family Mascot be? To carefully follow the German tradition of Coat of Arms, the animal would be from this list in order of usage popularity: Eagle, Lion, Bear, Stag, Horse, and Wolf. Besides having a graphic symbol, a Muller Family Sigil with this animal could be displayed on different items such as a shirt, hat, coffee mug, mailbox, letter sealer or bumper-sticker.
I decided that the Bear best represents the region of Germany that my family came from (Saxony). After working on multiple designs, this is the final piece that includes the family motto: Virtute, Ingenioque, Valemus translated to English which means “Strength by Ingenuity and Virtue”.
Hi! I’m Lance Muller. Welcome to My Life Blog and my first post. Why am I doing this?!? We all have a story to tell. At the very least blogging is a fabulous way of keeping a journal of your life, art, family, travels, hobbies or studies. It creates a permanent record you can look back on any time. Your kids might even find it interesting to look back on one day. Who knows, maybe the whole world will?
There are many reasons people might be inspired to write a Memoir/Life Blog. Often, it is because of a burning need to do so. Most memoirists feel that they have a story that only they can tell. Others might have secrets to share, or maybe they want to write a memoir to understand a situation. For me, it’s all of the above and more. I want to leave a legacy, a piece of myself after I am gone.
In addition, I plan to publish in book form the best selections of these vignettes/slices of my life. I have learned a lot about life with my successes and failures. I wish to share them for both entertainment purposes and to pass on the lessons learned. That is reason enough I believe. Hope you enjoy the memories to come. I promise that many of them are going to be highly interesting and very unique. Others will be very revealing and possibly painful. And a bunch will just be downright funny. Just like life! Follow me as My Life Finds A Way…