Margaret Fairless Barber stated, “To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.”
The Holidays are a wonderful time for visiting with family and friends and sharing stories about what helped make you – “you!” This is a special time for grandparents sharing with grandchildren and parents with their kids. Part of true wealth is having a better understanding of your family and older generations.
Ask your parents or encourage your grandparents to share stories from their past. Reminisce about an experience from your past, share it with a family member or friend by writing it down or calling them on the phone. Here are some ideas to help get you going.
1. Think about a time in your life when it seemed full of darkness and you were having many trials. How did you overcome it? Write down three ways you are stronger because of this experience and share it with others.
2. What do you remember about when you were a young child? Is there a special event (going to grandma’s house for a sleep over; losing your first tooth while eating a soft banana) or an object (a wooden toy your father carved for you; a blanket your great-grandmother knitted for you) that brings back special memories?
3. Think back to when your child was young. Write down something unique you remember, and then share that story with that child.
4. You and your spouse each write the story of when you first met each other. It will be interesting to others to hear the story from two different viewpoints.
“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” From the television show “The Wonder Years.”
Empowered Wealth believes it is important to pass along your life stories and experiences to current and future generations. This is one measure of true wealth in our lives.