It’s a new year, a time for resolutions and reflections.
I’m not big on resolutions. In my mind, if it’s good enough to want to do, it’s good enough to want to do NOW (whenever that may be).
Reflections, though…yeah, I’m big on those.
As I’ve written about before, there are plenty of substantive reasons for wanting to preserve and share your family stories, from helping to raise more resilient children to supporting adults with dementia.
But let’s be real: You don’t need a reason to preserve your family stories.
You know you want to.
In the spirit of making it easier—and fun—to share your memories, we’re launching a new movement on social media:
That’s it: Remember.
One word. One hashtag. One very important prompt.
Remember something from your own childhood that makes you smile. Remember something meaningful a loved one did for you. Remember that advice your parents gave you as a child—maybe you rolled your eyes then, but you cherish it now.
Every week we’ll give you a new prompt of what to remember.
It's more than just remembering, though.
The most important thing is that you don’t just remember it passively, alone with your thoughts. You must share your memory, tell your story. With an old family photo. With two sentences of reflection. Or with a full-blown story.
Share it with your co-workers over lunch. Share it with your friends—in real life, not just via text. And share it with the world on social media.
It’s one thing to remember: We relive our memories and are transported back in time. It’s another thing entirely to remember together: We are heard, validated, CONNECTED.
Help us transform #ThrowbackThursday into a mindful act of remembering, and inspire everyone around you to share their stories, too.
#Remember today: Mom and me.
Let's start today! Your prompt: Mom and me.
It's as simple as that: Share a photo and a brief memory about some time spent with your mom.
I've done so above, sharing one of my favorite family photos of my mother Lillian on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. You can find it shared on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, too, just so you can see how easy it is!
Just choose where you want to share your memory, then do it.
You may want to copy and paste the following hashtags, or come up with your own. Just remember to tag friends and family who you think will appreciate your shared story—chances are, they'll comment with their own memories, making the process all the more special!
#remember #memoriesmatter #familyphotos #savefamilyphotos #legacy #modernheirloombooks #familystories #littlelifestories #throwbackthursday #tt
We'd love it is you tag Modern Heirloom Books, too, so we can relish your memories, comment, and share as well!
- On Twitter, we're @heirloombooks
- On Instagram, tag us at @modernheirloom
- And on Facebook, we're @modernheirloombooks
The Potato Chip Effect: You can't share just one story.
Remembering is the first step in preserving your memories for your children and for future generations.
Sharing just one memory and one photo is the first step on a road to gathering your personal stories. One memory becomes two, becomes three, and then becomes…a chapter. Keep remembering, keep sharing, and your heart will swell with emotion…and your stories may one day equal a book.
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