Everyone has a story. Old or young, everyone’s life story is worth preserving and sharing. We learn from our own stories. Story is a common theme here on #familyhistoryfriday — the benefits of family stories, what your family’s history has to do with your everyday life, using keepsakes to tell family stories, healing from grief through family stories, building self-esteem through family stories, and more. But have you ever thought about recording your kids’ stories? Their stories as kids are the foundation of their life stories.
When you think of the leaders that you have encountered over the course of your life there are good and bad ones, hopefully some great ones, and almost always some really bad ones. Sometimes the ones that truly stand out in our minds are the bad ones, you know the ones that demand the spotlight, take all the credit, and have no problem throwing everyone under the bus.
I’m sure we can all think of qualities from past leaders that we don’t want to emulate: being self-absorbed, arrogant, and condescending to name a few. These are exactly the things we want to avoid as a leader.
A life story or memoir seems to be something commonly written during retirement years. The power in life stories, however, doesn’t have time restrictions. It may surprise you, but the best time to write your life story is now. Sure, you may update it later, but learning to know yourself through your own story has tremendous potential to increase your own happiness, sense of belonging, self-esteem, and sense of purpose. Here’s why this is true.
Have you ever noticed how sometimes our days get filled with things that are unimportant? Sometimes the busyness of life can cause us to focus on all the little things that fill our day instead of the important things we should be doing. Sometimes, it is easy for distractions to divert our attention.
At #familyhistoryfriday here on Evolve, we talk a lot about family stories and what they do for us. We’ve talked about how knowing family stories gives us appreciation and perspective and how kids who know family stories are more resilient, deal better with adversity, and have higher self-esteem. Both kids and adults need these things today more than ever before. But did you know there’s another reason family stories make a difference to kids? Family stories combat teenage entitlement.
So many things vie for our attention these days. It seems like we hardly have a minute to sit still. We’ve got soccer games and piano lessons and grocery shopping and laundry and (ahem) blog posts to write. And we take pictures of everything these days. Preserving those photos and the memories that go with them tend to sit on the to-do list for long periods of time for most people. But not me! And I’ll tell you why.
Because I’m habitually caught up on preserving my photos and memories, I’m sharing exactly how I do that this month on Evolve. Today I’m very excited to share the actual method I use because it’s so much fun. It helps me stay caught up on pictures because it’s addicting– I always find myself itching to create one more page or finish preserving the latest event I’ve photographed. As I mentioned last week, it’s very important to find YOUR thing when considering how to preserve your pictures and life’s stories. Trying to do something that doesn’t really jive with you doesn’t usually work.
This month on Evolve’s #familyhistoryfriday I’m sharing how I personally stay caught up preserving my own photos and memories. Being behind can be not only overwhelming but paralyzing. Last week I showed you my photo organization system that helps me know what I have and where it is. That’s the first important step to preserving pictures, but an equally important step is to do it using something you love. What type of memory-keeping method would make you look forward to sitting down and preserving your photos? Your chosen method should be something do-able, something in both your price range and interest. Mostly, though, it should be addictive. (I’m not kidding.) It should be something that draws you back again and again. Choosing a memory-keeping method you love is crucial to your success in staying caught up preserving your pictures.
Years ago, while study abroad in Israel, a field trip landed us just along the beaches of the Red Sea in the small town of Eilat. With a warning to keep our distance from the coral, we were given a snorkel, flippers and brief “how to” before being left to explore on our own.
Having never snorkeled or even experienced the painful beauty of coral, I ineptly worked my way into the water. I was not 10 feet away from shore when I witnessed another student exiting the water with blood running down his leg – the result of getting too close to the coral.
I stay caught up on preserving my photos and memories. It’s true! I know that puts me in a small minority, but it’s a great place to be! I’m very passionate about helping people join me in that Consistent & Successful Memory-Keepers minority, so that’s why this month on Evolve I’m going to share exactly HOW I do that. Organizing your photos is the big first step.