Inside us, we all have a story to share, a story of triumph, a story of healing, a story of blessing or a dear memory that we don't want forgotten. The most ordinary of lives can yield the most extraordinary of stories. No one wants to read your stories, you say? Don't believe that hype! I read a book put together by a woman I've never met, about her grandparents, whom I've also never met and was moved to tears! She put together one of the most beautiful books of her grandparent's love story and it was entitled The Dress. It wasn't fancy or heavily embellished but it's my most favorite Heritage Makers book to date.
My children read look at their books over and over again. I've found it to be a great way to encourage reading when my daughter was first learning to read. We would read about Grandpa and Gigi and her birth story. What child doesn't want to read a book that features them (or some one they know) as the main character? And even better...what better way to share the stories of our family heritage and keep the loved one that they don't see often visible in our daily lives? Yes, the photos and the stories behind them are an important part of who we are and yes, they need to be written down. So here are the top 10 reasons you should record your stories:
10. The world will be a richer place for your having written your stories.
9. In telling how you survived painful times in your past, you teach useful coping skills to your descendants and come to a greater understanding and peace.
8. The things you did when you were young are as remote from children today as the Earth is from Mars.
7. You are part of the history of your city, state and country.
6. There are many pieces of information nobody else knows about you.
5. The stories you heard from your grandparents will die without you.
4. Let your descendants know that you were a real person and not just a name on a tree.
3. You owe it to yourself and to your family.
2. No one else knows the stories of your life quite like you do.
AND...the #1 reason you should record your stories is... 1. No one has a better perspective of you than YOU!