The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” -Kalu Kalu
This is exactly why every human heart needs his or her family history! Stories give us a foundation, something to stand on. Our experiences, our stories, shape us. There’s always something to learn or appreciate or remember from everything we go through–even difficulties. From our own stories and experiences to the life lessons learned from family history, we are responsible for making sure our legacy is shared. Family stories, including our stories as a smaller part of family stories, teach our children (and ourselves) that we can do hard things, that good times should be remembered over and over again, and that family ties can be a tremendous source of strength.
Learning, collecting, and then recording your family’s history can seem like a daunting task unless it’s broken down into parts. It’s much more than time spent on ancestor websites or recording information off headstones, though. This month on #familyhistoryfriday we have looked at many aspects of a family history: family stories, your own life story, “our” stories (such as love stories), and more. These are “bites” of family history, and they all matter!
You are the person best-equipped to tell your own story, so starting there is perfect. Who do you know and love who might need a little help or encouragement to record his or her story? It only takes a couple of generations before someone’s life story is lost to the world. My grandparents died before my children were born, so it falls to me to make sure my children know about my grandparents. I can leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the form of a written story! Today we will look at a few ideas to help you tell the story of a loved one.
The best way to begin recording family history is to start with what you know. You are most familiar with your own life, your own story. Once you have recorded your own history (which we talked about last week), think of the “our” stories you know. Maybe it’s your own love story. Maybe it’s the life stories of your parents, or the story of how your grandparents came to this country. What couple or family stories do you know? If you don’t know any, who is your resource for learning them? Let’s look at different possibilities for “our story” as part of your greater family history. See which idea resonates most with you on #familyhistoryfriday this week.
I’ve learned two important lessons in my life. I forgot the first one, but the second one is that I need to start writing stuff down. ~anonymous
As we focus this month on family history, it might surprise you to learn that an important part of family history is your own story. Connecting with yourself first through recording your own life story gives you a starting point. It also gives you a sense of belonging, peace, and gratitude. And that’s a great way to begin a story!
Today you’re going to find out that family history is for you. You will learn that family history is much more than you thought, and you will get a taste of the power it can bring into your life. Not everyone knows their own family stories, and not everyone loves the stories they know. So today on #familyhistoryfriday we are going to look at why each human heart desperately needs his or her own family history. If you don’t believe me, keep reading!