Instead of offering encouragement, the spread of fear and panic is prevalent in the media, with headlines that highlight doomsday scenarios, death tolls, and governmental failures.
Countless businesses have been forced to close, leaving a multitude of people either furloughed or unemployed, particularly in the retail and restaurant sectors. As a result, the U.S. government passed a revolutionary $2 trillion economic stimulus package.
In light of the circumstances we are all faced with today, it has become clear that taking a moment to write about this time is crucial. Expressing your thoughts, feelings, hopes, and fears, along with what is happening with your family in light of the current world climate, can be quite liberating.
What about our children? Well, we absolutely should be promoting the benefits of writing to them! They may not have the foresight today to recognize the value their words could have on future generations, their children, or even their future selves.
“I don’t know where to start”
- What is your perspective on the current situation?
- What is your community and its leaders doing to help “flatten the curve”?
- How has your family changed during this time?
- How has your family come together?
- How are you educating yourself?
- What is your experience at home schooling? (Some are thriving; others are struggling)
- What are your hopes for the future?
- Have you seen any local heroes?
- What good news have you seen or heard?
- Write about the media headlines vs. what you see as reality
- What creative ways have you learned to have fun as a family (backyard camping trips; breaking out the old board games; family walks; charades; etc.)?
- What are you grateful for?
- Write about your feelings and love for each of your children
At first, try sitting down for 30 minutes once per week and just write a quick entry. Include photos, videos, drawings, even voicemails that were left for you. Eventually, you may find yourself cultivating a habit of journaling daily. Inspiration is a wonderful thing!
Expand your Story
Perhaps writing isn’t your strong suit? That’s perfectly fine, and absolutely normal. Try creating daily or weekly video logs to document your thoughts.
Gather all of this knowledge, information, and feeling, then keep it in a safe and secure place. Add more and more material, as often as you can. As the months and years go by, you will end up with a treasure trove of stories.
One day, the memories you captured will be the most important and treasured gift you could ever give to your children and theirs, not to mention yourself. You will have written the story of their life, as told through your eyes. Gives me chills thinking about it!
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the ‘Present’.” – A. Earle
Don’t wait another day. Start writing today! It could just be one of the most significant decisions you will ever make. You don’t want to let this opportunity pass you by.
If you are in need of a secure location to save your incredible stories, I invite you to check out Legacy of Love, a modern day scrapbook and parent-to-child journal. It’s FREE and can be used online or as a mobile app.
Don’t let precious moments slip away.
Be safe, be well, and be grateful! Remember to spread hope, not fear. Happy writing!
This post has been brought to you by Ken Wimberly – father and founder of Legacy of Love.