Is there any value in simply being there for each other? New York Times blogger Tara Parker-Pope offers this fascinating insight: “Researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone. The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.” (See “What Are Friends For? A Longer Life,” April 20, 2009 NYTimes).
I have been blessed with great friends in my life. I like how we are able to stand together and give each other support as we move through the challenges of our lives.
I have recently partnered with my friend Andrea Costantine to start a family history business. Please see our website, www.spiritedroots.com to learn more about what we are doing.
When Andrea and I talked about working together, I was very excited, because Andrea has become one of my best cheerleaders. Not only is she a talented writer, editor, book creator, she is excellent at helping someone see their potential. I am honored to be able to partner with her to bring our new business to life.
The quote above talks about the strength of friends. Because we believe in each other, Andrea and I are able to create a business and get it off the ground quickly. (We are offering deep discounts to our families and friends to get us started- let us know if you are interested.)
We believe in the value of story. We know that stories connect us to the universality of being human. When we share a story with each other, we each become stronger in the sharing. Stories can heal us, and give us a perspective on life that we didn’t have before. The preserving of family stories and history becomes a thread one can use to weave the present and the future. Whether it is an interview and transcription or a full book with pictures, there is a way we can help you preserve the past.
Many people don’t have the time or the desire to write their family history. This is where we come in. We treat people like family, listen to their stories and help them find healing just in the telling. Then we record it for future generations. Sharing stories from the past is like having a friend at your side telling you the mountain is not as steep as you think it is, giving you the courage to face challenges with a little more courage.
What stories are you yearning to hear from the past? Let us befriend you and your family, helping you to see that the way to preserving your family history is not a difficult road when you partner with a friend.