By Lavern Nissley
Encompass executive director
In December our blog post themes center around the words "present" and/or "presence."
Have you ever wondered what a movie or a series of your life would look like? We watched and enjoyed "The Crown" series about the life of Queen Elizabeth. Someone has remarked that a person's life is the "dash" on the gravestone between the birth and death dates. Sobering.
Our daughter, Kristen, gave Ronda and me an interesting gift subscription to Storyworth about a year ago. Here's the big idea behind Storyworth: Everyone has a story worth sharing. Preserve meaningful moments and memories in a beautiful keepsake book. Then, share the experience with loved ones and discover stories you never knew.
I'd like to share my own experience of responding to 50+ questions the past year (one per week) and how it affected me. I hope my children and grandchildren will find it meaningful.
I just turned 65 last Friday, December 2. A year ago the Storyworth subscription was one of the gifts I received, and I'm so very grateful for this powerful medium to transmit stories to the next generation and those to come. Although I can't speak for those who will be reading the 180+ pages of my life story responses, here are four ways I was affected.
Within the next week or so I hope to wrap up my editing in the yearlong Storyworth adventure. From there the content will be published into a hardcover keepsake that my children will be able to read. It would be great to have a corresponding post or two from them on how this impacted them.
Storyworth is truly one of the best presents you can give a parent who is 50 or older. How precious to retain such a collection of life stories and memories - to literally feel their "presence" with you in a way not constrained by time or death.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.