For obvious reasons, I don’t watch a lot of daytime television…I just don’t have the time to do that; however, this morning the set was on, and when I heard Andrea Schroder talking about allowing ourselves to destress (Heaven knows I need some help there!), I listened in long enough to get her website address.
Of course, when I checked out the site, I did not land on anything about destressing but rather a blog about leaving behind a legacy behind for our children and grandchildren…more work, of course…but what a fabulous treasure for those who will come after us.
“The movie MY LIFE with Nicole Kidman and Michael Keaton…I saw that right after our first son was born and I cried so hard I thought I could die. It planted a seed in my early days of parenting. One, you never know how long your life is and two, I wanted to have a record of what’s important to me, and I want my influence and beliefs to live long after I am gone…”
Andrea went on to say “A legacy video is a piece of living history of yourself, a family member, or someone you deeply care about. It is designed to share with others now and to keep your memory alive long after you are gone.
“A record of you and what is important to you. What you want others to remember. Lessons you have learned that you want to share.”
So today I leave you with a challenge. Just set aside one day…or one hour of one day…turn on a recorder…if nothing else use the one on your phone…and see what happens.
If you are like I am and have your photos in order in albums, the easiest thing you can do is open book one, look at the photos in order and talk about them. You will be amazed at what you will remember just by going through those old photos! Of course, if you are rearing children in the digital age, I know this is probably not the case. Digital has ruined us and kept us from “developing our film,” hasn’t it?
If it all sounds too daunting, then just do this. Think about only one incident in your life…the day you learned to ride a bike, your wedding day, the day one of your children was born, your first date, etc. etc. Don’t think about anything except that one thing, turn on a recording device, and talk about it. Don’t worry how you sound, don’t worry if you get the end first or in the middle…just talk until you have said every single thing you can remember.
From that one hour out of your life, you will have recorded something priceless for your family!
Let me know how it goes!
*Photo is of my mom, and I don’t seem to have a lot of photos of her. A couple of years ago we were returning from a football weekend when it dawned on me that it would not be out of our way to drive by the place where Mom first lived when her family moved to Texas, and we snapped this photo. Sometimes I am brilliant!