A couple of years ago, I sat down with my Dad and began recording some of the stories he had told us around the kitchen table growing up. I added them to my own memories of my Dad, and together we self-published a little book about life in a small town during The Great Depression, about Dad’s service to our country in the United States Air Force and about the many jobs he held in and around my hometown in his 85 years. We’ve had great fun sharing that book with family and with our home community. Dad passed away in early 2019, but his legacy lives on through children and grandchildren who love and remember him and through the stories he told that were captured in his book One Man’s Work.
“You are your stories. You are the product of all the stories you have heard and live — and of many that you have never heard. They have shaped how you see yourself, the world, and your place in it.”
Daniel Taylor in Tell Me A Story
Capturing our stories can also bring healing where needed. Holding memories to the light, examining both joys and sorrows, and even sharing them with others can bring closure, a fresh perspective or an appreciation for events and people we thought we’d left behind.
We have a sacred responsibility to share our stories as legacy for our families and for others who may benefit from them. Today is just a “slice” of the life we’ve lived. Who we are is determined in many ways by those who came before us. Family stories inform our lives and and enrich the lives of others. It’s important to preserve and share them.
Do you have stories you’d like to tell? Perhaps I can help.
Drawing from a 20-year career as a news reporter and feature writer, I’ve created a free resource explaining why capturing and sharing our life stories is important and offering a basic template for crafting your story.
Filled with encouragement and suggestions, my resource, titled Tell Your Story: A Tool for Capturing and Telling Life Stories, walks you through discovering the who, what, when, where, why and how of your stories as you interview yourself and craft a story. It’s a hands-on tool that I’ve used in writing workshops. I’d like to share this free tool with you as a downloadable PDF.Interested? Subscribe and I’ll send the book your way by email. Already a subscriber? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and the PDF will come to you by return mail. Please put “Tell Your Story Tool” in the subject line.