Your Most important gift
This is for anyone who has held the honorable place in life of guiding another soul. It’s important to note, you don’t have to be a biological parent to hold that sort of importance in a child’s life ― no matter their age. Consider including those you’ve been a mentor or guide to. You never know how you might touch another with your legacy storytelling.
What greater gift than to give them ourselves, to let them know us and have us, when they’re ready to know, when they are available to receive and understand all that we are always offering.
Our kids are our kids, for all of life. They look to us for guidance, learning, hope and security. What greater gift than to give them ourselves, to let them know us and have us, when they’re ready to know, when they are available to receive and understand all that we are always offering.
I hope you read all of the below article, it’s powerful and important and will potentially inspire you to start collecting little gifts today that they will some day cherish beyond anything else they have in their lives. You may choose to do this in writing; my friend Elizabeth, whom I recorded a video biography with, is further expanding her collection and has embarked on a journey called, “my life in paragraphs.” You might consider using StoryCatcher and creating a collection of short videos telling about your life, lessons, values and hopes. You may feel most comfortable expressing yourself via an audio only format, which can easily be done any time, any where using a smart phone or mini voice recorder.
Start collecting little gifts (stories) today that they will some day cherish beyond anything else they have in their lives.
Share when you’re inspired to. Create a little collection, or even a big one. Do it on your own or consult a professional for help and guidance. Save your data somewhere you’re sure your loved ones will find it or tell them where it is. It’s the greatest gift you will ever leave them. I promise you that.
“Mom also kept letters she wrote to me, which prove my point. I don’t remember getting them when they were originally sent…they’re full of wisdom as I reread them…”
Enjoy Jorja’s wisdom on having a positive impact:
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My Life in Paragaphs Card Deck
Provocative Story Prompts
StoryCatcher® comes with great story prompts already loaded inside the app. Simply tap on “Interview Tips.” If you’re wanting to go deeper, our “My Life in Paragarphs” card deck is the perfect compliment. Get your cards now.
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by APRIL BELL
Legacy Storyteller | Personal Historian
April Bell has been capturing people’s life stories and wisdom on video in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States since 2008. Her work has been written about in The New York Times. She is the co-creator of StoryCatcher® for iOS.
Learn more about her legacy storytelling work at TreeOfLifeLegacies.com.
“StoryCatcher® is a wonderful development in the evolution of how we record, structure, and save [video] histories.”
Liz Massey, Professional Oral Historian
"StoryCatcher® is more than a home movie and more than just a slide show. This app allows you to showcase small pieces of your ... life in high quality videos without having to know any of the skills of a video editor!"
Shannon Combs Bennet, The In-depth Genealogist
"Even iPhone apps are being used to create ethical wills. April Bell, who owns a video storytelling business called Tree of Life Legacies, codeveloped the ethical will app StoryCatcher® for iPhone use."
The New York Times, Story: Ethical Wills In The Tech Age