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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Personal Growth / Memory Improvement
  • Language:English
  • Pages:246
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098385095

Journaling Memories

by Robert Smith , Marshall Smith and Owen Smith

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Journaling Memories is a new concept intended to encourage families and individuals at any point in their life to chronicle the most relevant facets of their lives and thoughts. The My Life Guide is the central component of the Journaling Memories process intended to assist the user to recall and reflect upon the most significant aspects of their life. To assist the user in building a comprehensive story, the My Life Guide identifies key life areas and provides related questions and cues for thought, guidance, and consideration. In several life areas, the user is encouraged to make entries at advancing stages of their life. The user is also encouraged to consider, discuss, or add other relevant life areas, views, and thoughts that are not yet part of the My Life Guide. The process is intended to evoke and capture responses that fully encapsulate the experiences, insights, feelings and values of the us
The Journaling Memories process brings together the adventure of recalling the many thoughts and memories accumulated throughout life. To stimulate individual thought and recall, this organized process offers hundreds of thought-provoking questions or cues spanning fifty plus identified life areas. This concept was inspired by the journals of my father who passed away 20 years ago at the age of 95. In handwritten form, he recounted in a structured way, many of the events and lessons of his full life experience. In his journal he left a lasting memory for current and future generations, including my immediate family. His life stories, and messages have become an invaluable emblem of his inspiration for the future. Excerpts of his writings offer testimony to the challenges and conditions of his time. The writings also remind readers of the importance of maintaining a perspective from past events to better understand the present and give hope for the future. To illustrate the limits and hardships of travel in his time, he wrote,"In 1918 It took 23 days to drive from Los Angele to Johnstown, N.Y. The same trip was 18 days in 1923." He added that the family traveled across the country, in a new Buick along with his dad, mom, brother and aunt Florence. They also brought their dog and loaded the car with camping gear and a large cupboard filled with food for the trip. These items were all attached to the running board of the car. In his later years he discussed his numerous illnesses and the lack of serious medical attention. He noted that in 1928, "He had the dentist remove 4 molars without anesthetic." Then, in the same year, he noted that "the dentist removed an additional 2 teeth but the event was complicated when a needle broke off in the jaw." Finally, he added that in the following years, "all his remaining teeth were extracted and replaced with full dentures." His words made it clear how his memories offer perspective and can live on with importance impacting our family and future generations. What I found most inspiring, however, were his journal entries from a few years before his passing. In them, he described his experience progressing through various age milestones. In one case, he wrote that there was "no need to explain age 85. You will have lost various niceties of life. but you can remember how nice they were. No one ever asks you for advice, but you have memories of a past that will sustain you beautifully and a family that loves you." Through my dad's journal it became clear that such memories can be a significant element of understanding the past, living in the current world and preparing, with hope, for a better future. The goal of the Journaling Memories process is to offer users an organized process to recall and record life memories and, leave a record of experiences, insights, values, and hope for future generations.
About the author
Bob Smith completed a 31-year career as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Security Pacific Corporation until its merger with Bank of America in 1992. Following the merger, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Bank of America, and later a principal of Smith & Crowley, a California investment banking firm. Until recently, he also served as founding director of Commerce National Bank in Newport Beach. He is a 1957 graduate of the USC Price School of Public Policy and holds a 1966 law degree from Van Norman University. He has attended numerous educational programs, including the Aspen Institute, and recently the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at Oxford University. Over his past he has served on the Board of Directors of numerous corporations and charitable organizations including six NYSE companies. He has authored six books; Dead Bank Walking, Bye Bye Banks, Boardroom Confidential, Changed Face of Banking, Confessions of a Catholic Convert and most recently Successful Business Leaders. He has also authored several articles on the future of banking for national publications. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University and the USC Board of Trustees since 1988.