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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #047 – Blink and You Might Miss Something
November 18, 2007

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

November 18, 2007
Issue #047 – Blink and You Might Miss Something

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: Being Grateful
Featured Article: Blink and You Might Miss Something
Resources You Can Use: Your Family Newsletter, Heritage Cookbooks, MemoryGrabber

Opening Remarks: Being Grateful

Thanksgiving is upon us. This annual day of gratitude has its roots in this country’s pilgrims making it through the first harsh year of their settlement in the New World of America. It was October of 1621 at the colony of Plymouth. The 50 surviving colonists celebrated their first harvest. They also invited some natives of the Massasoit and Wampanoag tribes. They gathered together, shared their food and gave thanks for being together and alive. (See

Life has a way of teaching us. Some of the hardest lessons, those we learn during hardship and suffering, can be the most meaningful. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year find a way to be grateful for all you have. Especially those things we can’t put a price tag on, like family, friends and fellowship.

I heard a great saying once about gratitude. “I’m not entitled to those things I want until I’m grateful for what I already have.” Another way of saying this is, “If you don’t have what you like, like what you have.”

Gratitude is more than a feeling. It’s a state of being and gratitude is expressed in action – the action of love and service.

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Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Blink and You Might Miss Something

Kenny Chesney, the immensely popular country superstar (and winner of the 2007 CMA Entertainer of the Year), has a song about the importance of making the most of your life. “Don’t Blink” tells the story of a man who has just turned 102 and is interviewed about the secret to life. The old man smiles as he reminisces and tells the interviewer that it’s important to pay attention to life because it goes faster than you think.

Check out the chorus: Don't blink / Just like that you're six years old and you're taking naps and you / Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife / Don't blink / You just might miss your babies growing like mine did / Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half / Of fifty years is there in bed / And you're praying God takes you instead / Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think / So don't blink

There’s a lot of wisdom in this song. Life keeps moving forward, but we need to live it in the moment. Take the time to really live. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Be present in your own life. And as you savor your life experiences make a point to preserve them. There are people who can benefit from your life experiences…including you.

You can read other articles on life-story writing here.

Resources You Can Use

Your Family Newsletter

The end of this year is rapidly approaching. Have you thought about how you might document the significant events in your family from 2007 and how you could share them with your family and friends?

Your Life is Your Story can write your annual family newsletter. I'll write a fun, entertaining and concise family newsletter suitable for printing or sending by email. You provide the events and information you want included and I'll flesh out the details in a highly readable report of your family's 2007 experiences, all for under $100. Get the details here.

Heritage Cookbooks is a website that provides an easy-to-use tool for making family cookbooks with pictures and stories as well as recipes. Individuals or a group of people create the cookbook online and when it is finished it is printed in B&W or color in 10-15 business days. The minimum order is just five books. The holidays are a great time of year to consider preserving some family history together with those cherished family recipes. APH member Susan Love operates the business and you can find out more at


Do you want to start writing your story but you’re not sure how to begin. The MemoryGrabber is a great tool full of thoughtful suggestions, memory jogging lists and ideas on how to begin.

Michael Boyter of Family History Products created the MemoryGrabber and I often utilize it to help clients develop their life stories. You can order it and download it immediately at the tremendous bargain price of $12.95. Get the details here.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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