Archive for July, 2012

Telling Stories

Life is a collection of stories.  It’s the tale of yesterday, today and maybe tomorrow.  You may not realise it but you are currently building up your repertoire of tales which will one day enthrall your children and grandchildren.

One of the biggest regrets most people have when they lose a friend or family member is not listening to the stories which made up that person.  You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone – a very true statement.

Stories don’t have to be adventures or epics.  More often than not the most special story is one from daily life.  It’s the little glimpse into the soul of a person and the world as they lived it.

This video is from the famous TED Talks and it’s quite funny to listen to.  It’s just one woman talking about her parents and bringing them to life in front of us.  It is the kind of story that shows love as well as humour.  It’s the kind of story that has captured a memory forever.

As you listen to this story, think about the stories around you.  They will be memories that you want to keep.  Go and spend time talking to and listening to the people you love.

Memory Box

I always love it when I am sitting around a table with my family and friends reminiscing about the past.  Most of the memories relate to some special event such as a wedding, party, school days or a special time that I shared with people I love.

Sometimes the stories differ depending on who is telling them and at times some of the details may not always be accurate, but that is the fun part of memory.  Even better is being able to get out photos, an old dress, maybe some old jewellery or a memento that can help with the memory and the story.  Maybe letters, old war medals or even an old teddy bear or doll from your parents or grandparents are able to bring back fond memories.

Keeping a memory box for your kids can be fun and you may include their first tooth, a lock of hair or even a picture they may have painted.  Keeping school reports may bring back memories of old friends during their growing years, maybe pictures they painted or even poems or stories that they wrote.  The memory box would then make a unique gift when they have graduated, got married or reached a milestone age.

A memory box is a great way to keep the memories safe, and because you can retain items that relate to a special person, it allows you to keep the memories alive.  Why not start you memory box now?