I think the better question might be what haven't I inherited. I owe my ancestors so much. They sustain and protect me and are an unwavering support. There's a Lithuanian proverb that says "the souls of the dead are the protection for the living" and I firmly believe that just as I believe it absolutely crucial to root oneself in a deep, ongoing relationship of veneration and respect with one's dead.
For me, they have sustained me through some incredibly difficult times. They've been the lifeline that has carried me through, clearing away obstacles and helping me to succeed. It is from our dead that -- for good or bad-- we inherit a portion of our luck. It is through the connection with the dead that we are protected from the worst depredations of the Filter. It is with the support of the dead that we are able to maintain clean and powerful devotional relationships with our Gods. It is through them that we are able to truly, fully thrive.
My ancestors have my back and the day it dawned on me that when I prostrate before my shrine to my Gods, ten thousand upon ten thousand upon ten thousand of my ancestors prostrate with me, when I walk into a room, my entire line of dead walk with me, that I am my ancestor line walking, that this is a connection of strength and integrity and support none can break well, that was the day I prostrated before my dead in thanks.
This completes my Devotional Polytheist Meme. I want to thank everyone who also participated. It's been really interesting reading about how everyone approaches these questions and the internal workings of individuals' devotional practices. In a few days, I'll be starting a personal series on divination, since I've been getting quite a few questions since my Socrates/Xenophon article. For those who want to read more about honoring the ancestors, check out the two tags to your right "ancestors" and "ancestor work." May our collective and honorable dead ever and always be hailed.