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Monday, January 12, 2009

Genealogy/Family History Project Ideas....#7

(Note...see the very beginning of this blog for important steps on how to get started on your genealogy).

…. A Project...If You Have a Talent of Writing, Painting, or Music ….

We are told that we each have our very own talents. Talents come in different packages. Some talents are not thought of as talents, such as the ability to make other people feel good about themselves, or to always have a happy smile so that you make others smile, too.
Then there are the naturally thought of talents such as writing, painting, music, etc. The following are ideas of how you can leave your posterity a legacy of yourself through these types of talents that you may possess. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER....TO KEEP YOUR TALENTS YOU MUST USE THEM.

If you have the talent....
…write a book of poems or verses.
…write a book of short fictional stories.
…write some songs and put them into a binder.
…paint or draw some pictures and put them into a portfolio.

Perhaps you have been called upon to write a program or a lesson for something. Maybe you have prepared talks for Church. Put a copy together and include a letter to your posterity explaining about it.

Quite a few years ago, I wanted to find a cookbook containing ALL Rhubarb recipes. I could not find one. So I went to the Library and brought home an arm full of cookbooks. I went through each one and each time I found a rhubarb recipe I typed it on an 8x10 sheet of paper. I made an index, a cover, wrote that I compiled the recipes and the date I did it, and I stapled it all together. I had maybe 40 pages of recipes......I had created my own Rhubarb Cookbook. This is something that my posterity will end up with. They will know that I enjoyed Rhubarb.

During one period of my life, I was always jotting down on small bits of paper my thoughts, impressions, or any inspirations I felt. I had several large manila envelopes of these bits of paper. I thought about these last year, and figured after I left this life that whoever went through my effects would probably just toss them. I didn't want that to happen because they were part of me. So I took a 3-ring binder, filled it with alternating colored cardstock paper, and began pasting each piece of paper onto the cardstock. I would cut around the whole block of wording to form interesting shapes of paper. I made a title sheet for the binder that had my name on it and the words "Her Thoughts, Hopes, and Strivings". I included a letter to my family at the beginning of the binder, explaining about the binder and why I did it. Here again, is a way to leave a legacy of oneself for their posterity.

Our talents were meant to be shared not only today, but in the decades of the future... even after we have left this earth.