Why Do It?


Why Create a Personal History?

Each individual is inspired to commemorate their history for uniquely personal reasons–among some of the common motivations are:

~Safeguarding important family stories and memories that may otherwise be lost;

~Reflecting on the challenges and opportunities that have shaped your life;

~Chronicling defining moments and passages;

~Honoring turning points or life-long passions;

~Sharing the lessons you’ve learned;

~Enhancing intergenerational connections;

~Preserving cultural or family traditions and their meaning.

The desire to make sense of our lives and to transmit often hard-won wisdom has been a part of the human experience since Time immemorial. Neolithic man created cave art, Medieval troubadours sang of universal themes and today story-tellers of all ages seek to share and be heard on social media.

There are specific times in our life when we are either tacitly encouraged or blatantly challenged to participate in change. The question is how will we respond? Often these transitional times provide the opportunity to reassess one’s past life trajectory and actively design and manifest positive change.

Life stories are constructed and reconstructed through the repeated telling of stories. We are able to retrospectively appreciate how life events fit into larger context and ask the existential question that has challenged man throughout time: What is the purpose of my life?

Our process offers individuals the opportunity to integrate, explain and reconcile lifetime events. Our products and services are vehicles through which you may capture and preserve the essence of your life

We are hard-wired to discern the patterns in our life and connect with others through passing on the fruits of our introspection. That very human attribute has intrigued and inspired legions of authors, educators and cultural leaders. Here are a few of their thoughtful observations on mankind’s fundamental instinct to preserve and share our stories.

 

If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.
~Siberian Elder

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Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
~Saul Bellow

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Recalling days of sadness, memories haunt me. Recalling days of happiness, I haunt my memories.
~Robert Brault

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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell

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Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
~Bob Dylan

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I’ve been writing an ongoing letter to my children since they were born, full of recollections of their childhoods. I’ve filled two journals. It’s a great thing to do as a mother – you forget a lot as you go along, but reading over what you’ve written brings all the memories back.
~Tory Burch

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Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.
~Corrie Ten Boom

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Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved.
~Anais Nin

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The process of putting your life in order, with a beginning, middle and an end, forces you to see cause and effect.
~Catherine Burns

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Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life.
~Dr. Pamela Rutledge

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Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best–and change–from hearing stories that strike a chord with us.
~John Kotter

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Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.
~Sue Monk Kidd

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If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
~Rudyard Kipling

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To be a person is to have a story to tell.
~Isak Dineson

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What the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it’s the family stories that are worth the storage.
~Ellen Goodman

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
~Stephen Levine

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What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.
~Buddha

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
~Warren Buffet

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Those who have no knowledge of what has gone before them must forever remain children.
~Cicero

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If you don’t recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are.
~Madeleine Engle

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Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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All seasons have something to offer.
~Jeannette Walls