You’re missing out if you’re not capturing the stories of your life and family. By recording family stories, you gather the wisdom of generations past and empower the generations of the future.
Recording family stories brings benefits now and later, for you and those you love.
Here’s why in a nutshell.
If you don’t, who will?
Your own personal life stories- as well as those of your children, parents, and grandparents- are at risk of being lost forever. You have the benefits of these experiences, memories and stories. Don’t let them disappear with you.
Experience growth and healing
As you record your personal and family stories, you find meaning in the past and joy for the future. Understanding and forgiveness come more easily. As you reflect on where you’ve been, you both mourn and celebrate, enabling you to chart a more strategic course for the future.
What happens to us is not as important as the meaning we assign to it. Journaling helps us clarify thinking, process feelings, and make better decisions.
Leave a legacy
There will come a time when you’re not here to tell your own stories. But there will still be those who need to hear them. For your children and grandchildren, tales of your trials and triumphs are more important than you realize. I’ll never forget the phone call from a client months after we had published her life story in beautiful heirloom books for her family. She was in tears over the message she received from her granddaughter, who had been reading her book:
I’m facing the same tough decision. I didn’t know you went through that, too, Grandma. Now I know what to do, and I know I can do it!
Strengthen your family now
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to strengthen relationships with those you love. Do you want to feel closer to your children or teenagers and keep them connected to your family culture? Are you feeling disconnected from adult children or from your aging parents? Record and share family stories with them- stories about them or any other generation. Research increasingly supports what most of us have long felt through experience: children who know their family history experience greater emotional well-being and are more resilient in times of trial.
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I’d love to have you join us for a family storytelling retreat. We’ll gain these benefits and more, making new memories while recording old ones. Learn more here.
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You make memories. We make them last.