Memoir and life story writing, genealogy and family-tree shaking, ethical wills and legacy leaving: All are very popular topics and processes today. Although writing about one's past can facilitate moving forward into the future, help one ascertain his or her most important values, and illuminate how and to whom to leave bequests (both tangible and intangible), the actual writing can be overwhelming.
And now let me leave the computer for a moment and scream! I had a whole blog post written about an alternative method for memorializing your life that can seem less paralyzing. I talked about the possible benefits, some variations, and what it would take for me to post mine on Facebook once it was created.
Then, on the last save, Typepad disappeared the whole thing except the first paragraph. So now I will just post the bare links. Also I will refrain from typing a choice swear word.
The alternative method from a blog post by Wendy Thomas:
[C]reate 3 blocks that are then filled with the symbols of your life – childhood, teen and adult. You are also asked to do this in black and white for two reasons:
First, because it’s hard enough to tell your life story in three pictures, without having to deal with the complexities of color balancing and second, because black and white tends to give history authenticity (personal or otherwise.)