“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
I believe 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.
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 his years growing up in a small town during The Great Depression, about his 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.
Do you have stories you’d like to tell? Perhaps I can help.
Drawing from 20 years spent as a news reporter and feature writer, I’ve created a basic template for gathering facts — the 5 Ws and 1 H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. This tool helps you interview yourself and craft a story that can become part of your life legacy, whether it’s in a blog, essay, journal, a book, or as a verbal record or even visual art.
I’ve linked to that tool here — DO TELL Please download it if you wish, but respect that the content is copyrighted and parts of it will be included in an upcoming book. Check back here for updates!