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7 Ways To Make a Memory

Submitted by James Higginbotham on December 9, 2009 – 4:04 amNo Comment

From John C. Maxwell’s December newsletter:

Memories don’t have to happen on accident. We can plan our lives in order to create lasting memories with the ones we love. Here are seven principles for making memories…

1) Initiative – Make Something Happen

As Lewis Carroll once said, “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.” Life isn’t lived in reverse, yet many people spend their days yearning for the past. Instigate fresh memories by starting new family traditions or by inviting your friends to partake in activities that will help them and you continue to grow and learn.

2) Time – Set Aside Time to Make It Happen

If we aren’t careful, the humdrum routine of life crowds out joyous moments with the ones we love. Guard your calendar so that work never overruns your relationships with parents, children, or a spouse.

3) Planning – Plan For Something to Happen

Most people don’t lead their lives; they accept their lives. Consciously choose to live a life worthy of remembrance. Be intentional about planning events to celebrate the relationships that matter most to you.

4) Creativity – Find a Way to Make Something Happen

Instead of watching football for eight hours straight, get off the couch and exercise your creativity. Whether a cake, a craft, or a construction project, strong memories are made when people build something together.

5) Shared Experiences – Make Something Happen Together

Memories compound when you share them with someone you love. Spoil those you care about by treating them to their favorite restaurant or taking them to their favorite travel destination.

6) Mementos – Show That Something Happened

“Almost anything you do today will be forgotten in just a few weeks,” says John McCrone. “The ability to retrieve a memory decreases exponentially unless boosted by artificial aids such as diaries and photographs.” Take pictures, write in a journal, and buy souvenirs so that you have keepsakes to keep the memory alive. These physical reminders evoke the emotions of pleasant times spent with friends and family.

7) Relive the Memory – Talk About What Happened

In conversations, revisit your memories. Share stories and recall the humor in past events. Talking about your memories brings them to life and allows you to reconnect with the magical moments of days gone by.

View the December 2009 newsletter

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