I have been posting for a while about business topics, so I thought I would share with you something from my personal life that means a lot to me.
I know some people get annoyed by listening to the “older” generation, but I find it very interesting if you ask them about their life and the things they have been through. Once this generation is gone, so are their stories, unless they are documented. I know there are thousands of books out there that talk about the different wars, the depression and how life was. Although these books have stories about real life situations, you are only reading it. Just think if you could actually listen to them, face to face. It will certainly catch your attention. Now take that mentality and apply it to your family. I am thankful and blessed to have both my parents and one grandparent still around. This story is about my grandma of 80+ years old. She is an amazing person and filled with tons of stories about how life was when she was a kid, how she met my grandpa, how they lived and stories about my Dad and his childhood. If you are fortunate enough to have your grandparents still around, ask them sometime about things you are curious about. They love to tell the stories, so just kick back, relax, listen and soak it all in. If you never ask, their stories are gone.
Ok, enough babbling and to my point. My uncle has been on my grandma about writing a short “book” of her stories about her life, his life and his brothers and sisters, which includes my Dad. Well, she finally did it and it is finished. It was hand written by her and then typed up by my uncle. He put her picture on the front of when she was a teenager, put report covers on front and back and then bound it together on the edge for a really nice “book.” He had copies made to hand out to family. Although it is only about 25 pages, it is very interesting to read. It really shows where some of my family values and ethics came from. She is now working on the second edition that will focus more on her kids and the stories about their childhood, again this includes my Dad, so I’m excited to read this one when it’s ready. I just wish we could have come up with this idea when all of my grandparents were still here.
I’ll keep it short, but I just wanted to share this idea with you and hopefully you and your family can utilize this idea to capture many memories.
To your success and best of luck,
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