Module 8: Reflections (10 assignments)

 

You are almost finished- wonderful work! Just a few more assignments and you will have a rich memoir for your posterity. They will thank you forever!  Don’t leave your tale untold…

 


Week 1

MEMORY: Recall the major events during your lifetime. Write what you remember about those times of world, national, and community significance, including personal experiences during poignant moments in history (Kennedy assassination, Berlin wall coming down, September 11, 2001, etc.). How did these events impact your life?

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label a picture related to any major historical event, or one taken during such a time in history. Write its story. Label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 2

MEMORY: Write your feelings for your country. How important is citizenship and patriotism to you? How have you participated in and/or celebrated your community or country?

PHOTO: Make up day! Digitally scan or save and label any photo or document you want preserved. Label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 3

MEMORY: What is (are) your favorite book(s)? Why? How often and what types of literature do you read?

PHOTO: Type a favorite quote from a book and cite its source. Write what it means to you.

 

Week 4

MEMORY: Write about pets that have played a role in your life. How did you come to own the pet? What did you do together? Write about experiences together and lessons learned. Write about saying goodbye, if you can handle reliving the tears…

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label at least one photo of a beloved pet. Be sure to label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 5

MEMORY: Write about your challenges and trials. Be specific. How did you get through them? Who or what helped you cope during difficult times? What lessons have you learned from each one? With the benefit of hindsight, how do you feel about your trials?

REMEMBER: “The truth should be told, but we should not emphasize the negative.” (Spencer W. Kimball) For more guidance on writing about difficult topics, see our blog post on dealing with sensitive information.

PHOTO: Make up day! Digitally scan or save and label any photo or document you want preserved. Label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 6

MEMORY: What are the most amazing changes/inventions/developments you have seen in your lifetime?

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label a photo of you with old (clothesline, wringer washer, record player) or new (airplane, smartphone) technology. Label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 7

MEMORY: What are your talents? Don’t be shy! Tell about each of them. How did you learn you had that talent? How have you developed it? Who helped you? What opportunities have you had to use it to serve and bless others?

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label a photo of you developing or sharing a talent—or a picture of your handiwork- at any age. Label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 8

MEMORY: Tell about any travel experiences. Where have you visited and/or lived? What did you notice about other cultures? Did it alter your perspective?

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label at least one photo from your travels. Label with complete names, dates, and location.

 

Week 9

MEMORY: Tell about major accomplishments/awards/recognition you have received. Now think about your greatest accomplishments in life. Are the awards for what you consider your greatest accomplishments? How do you measure the success of your life? Is it the same as the way others measure success?

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label any award you want preserved, and/or a picture representing your accomplishments.

 

Week 10

MEMORY: Describe the most significant blessings of your life. Who or what have been your blessings and how have those blessings come? Can you see a theme or common thread running through your life as you have reflected and written? How would you summarize the theme of your life?

PHOTO: Digitally scan or save and label any remaining family photos or documents that you want preserved. Be sure to label with complete names, dates, and location. If a photo has a story, write it!

 


Finished your tale? Congratulations!!! You are leaving a legacy of eternal value!

Take a look at the BONUS modules and answer any additional questions you wish to enrich your legacy tale.

Then go to the FINALIZING your TALE module for guidance in getting it ready to print and share.

Contact us at [email protected] or 702/625-1466 for a free consultation to discuss professional options for preserving and sharing your tale.