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The Story of a Lifetime

A KEEPSAKE OF PERSONAL MEMOIRS

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Skip Navigation Links. Your Story Should Be Told
by Pamela and Stephen Pavuk
 
           Have you ever lost someone important to you? Is there more you wanted to say to or hear from that loved one while they were still here? We all must answer “yes” to these questions. Too often we realize we have not found out all we want to know about those closest to us before it is too late. We assume there will be plenty of time and that there is no need to rush to collect the information. Somehow it never happens. Sadly, most of us simply fail to ask our loved ones the things we really want to know about them and what life has meant to them. Their personal remembrances, attitudes and beliefs usually fade from memory and are lost forever.
          Knowing our own regrets about not having connected on a deeper level with our loved ones before they passed on, we should perhaps also feel an obligation not to leave our own survivors with the same regrets. Even so, we ourselves seem to wait until it's too late to tell our own stories. Although friends and family may benefit from our perspectives, most of us never commit our life's impressions to pen and paper. More often than not, our unique personal histories and philosophies are forgotten because they are not written down. Perhaps we are embarrassed and feel it would be presumptuous to talk about ourselves. We may feel that our life is insignificant because “we haven’t done much”. But our lives are very significant to our families and others who love us.
          Many good things flow from your writing of your life story and philosophy of living. There is surely great benefit you can get from rediscovering yourself through introspection. Just as importantly, mutual understanding between you and those closest to you is enhanced as they – while you are still here with them – read about your “inner journey” through life and learn more about your deeply-held beliefs and values. New communication begins among all generations in your family. Younger family members are fascinated by your telling of your experiences as a youth. They see what they have in common with you. They are instructed and even inspired to know what you went through. They feel a greater sense of belonging. They find greater worth in their family and themselves. They are motivated to nobler aspirations in the world.
          Your reflections on your life can give valuable insight into choices you have made and lessons you have learned along your way. Insuring the legacy of your life so others in your family can learn the knowledge and wisdom you have gained from your lifetime of experience is far from being presumptuous. It is, perhaps, the most important and greatest gift you can give to those you love -- the gift of self.
 
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