Grandparents have it, and you need it
July 28, 2014
by Brian Wolf

Have you ever wished that you could start over with life?

When I look back at my life, I know I would do many things differently knowing what I know now. If I could, I would love to start all over again.

I would do things differently with my friends and family. I would do things differently in school. I would even do things differently in my career choices. Come to think about it, there is more that I would change than keep the same. This doesn’t mean that I’m unhappy, I just think I could do things better if I had a “do-over.”

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the guiding hand of 20-20 hindsight? Over the years, many of my clients have expressed these same thoughts. But everyone knows that you can’t go back in life and start over. So, if you can’t start over, what would be the next best thing?

How about tapping into your grandparents for all their knowledge?

There is a reason that the Japanese culture reveres their senior citizens. It’s because they have a great deal of life’s knowledge. The trick is to capture it before it fades away.

Years ago, I wrote a book called “Please Pass the Memories – A guide to record your life’s memories.” The following is an excerpt from the inside cover.

“As our lifetimes fly by, we become aware that our later years are different than our youth. Daily we meet new experiences, lifestyles, local and national events, and challenges we never dreamed of.

“Historians scramble to interpret and write of the times of our lives. They know the present and future value of documenting the great events of our day. No less important are the events in our daily lives. The difference for most of us is that our actions do not affect as many people as those with celebrity status, like politicians, entertainers, scientists, or authors.

“But our families and close friends want and need us to preserve our personal memories, both joyful and sad. Few people take the time to record their life stories for their families or loved ones. As a result, future generations will lose the thousands of wonderful memories of their parents and grandparents. Now is the time to record and preserve our memories. By simply writing, tape recording or videotaping your answers to the questions in this step-by-step format, you will create a priceless keepsake to pass to the next generation. Whatever method you choose, your family will cherish your gift.”

What better way to honor your family, than with the gift of your memories?

I’ll leave you with some wisdom that I’ve gained from talking with thousands of grandparents over the years:

• This life will go by in the blink of an eye.

• Your health is far more important than your money.

• Wise conservative investing is better than unsure aggressive investing.

• You can’t ever have enough friends.

• Your faith should be at the center of who you are.

And, of course; the 10 commandments and the golden rule are pretty well thought out, so you might want to consider implementing them into your life.

If you would like more information on how you can pass on your wisdom and memories to your loved ones, give me a call and I’d be happy to share my book and ideas with you.

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