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    Tuesday
    Jan122010

    Write Your Memoirs – It’s a Natural

    You’ve reached an age when you thinking about preserving your family stories and photographs. You are thinking the family history is an important legacy to pass on to the kids and grandchildren. Indeed it is. A Norwegian proverb captures the idea, “It is the duty of the present to convey the voices of the past to the ears of the future.”

    But preserving your stories is also important for you. The great psychologist Erik Erikson’s theory of Life Stages sees the primary need of mature adulthood as seeking wisdom by reflecting on one’s life and achievements to find meaning and purpose.

    So if you are thinking about creating a memoir or family history, do it for your children and grandchildren. But do it for yourself too.

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