Sunday, July 10, 2011

If today was your last day on earth...

If you knew that today was to be your last day on earth, what would you regret not having done in terms of your family history research?

I think it's safe to assume that most of us, if not all, would want to spend our last day on earth surrounded by loving family and friends; however, just for a moment, think about your last day in terms of your family history research.

Is there a letter you have been thinking of writing to an elderly relative, but you keep putting it off?  Do it now. Sit down and put pen to paper. Tell that person how much you love your family, and explain the hows and whys of the family history you're writing.

Is there a thank you note you wanted to send to an archivist or a researcher who helped you along the way?  Perhaps you think too much time has passed to send that note.  Send it now.  Let them know how much you appreciate their help.

Is there a family secret you would like to better understand?  Ask your questions now.  Be gentle and respectful in asking.  Thank the person who shares with you what they know about it.

Is there a repository you have avoided going to, because you're worried that your research skills aren't up to snuff?  Go to that repository.  Go, and ask for help.  These places are staffed with people who love family history as much as you do, and understand how important it is.  They are always willing to help.

Is there a trip you've been thinking about, and talking about, for years?  Perhaps a trip to your family's homeland?  Plan it today. Save for it today.  It is possible for you to go.

Have you been hesitating to write comments on blogs because you feel intimidated or shy?  Write your comments.  Do it today. Share your experiences and your opinions.  Give someone praise or encouragement.

And, to the family for whom you're writing your history:

Thank them today.

Tell someone you love them today.

Tell someone you forgive them today.

Not a single one of us is promised tomorrow so...

If you knew today was to be your last day on earth, what would you do?

Just do it.

Copyright© J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.
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  1. Wonderful post and so true, Jennifer. A great reminder--thank you!

  2. Hi Shelley,

    Thanks so much for your comments; they are much appreciated.

    Cheers to you,



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Cheers, Jennifer

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