The act of "Starting" -- in and of itself -- is always hard to do.

Your very presence here may signal that you've passed that hurdle now, and your questions may have to do with why the Lifebook™ is nearly always the perfect place to start.

The reasons are simple . . . A) if you're an "A" personality, you'll love its linear, all-inclusive,
45-Chapter chronology, with subjects, as they say, from Cradle to Grave. That is, Infancy, Childhood, Teenage Years, etc. all the way to your Conclusions and Advice -- and even the locations of your most important documents and memorabilia.

B) If you're a "B" personality (or better) you'll love its freeform, multiple entry-point structure. Meaning you can start absolutely anywhere that interests you. Take any of a thousand paths to completion. And since this is "your" work . . . who's to say what completion really is . . . unless you say it yourself.

C) This is your work all the way. Meaning that at the very core of your "engagement" with this software is the understanding (already built in) -- that NO ONE is better able to tell your story than you are! Which means that within your Lifebook, you get to tell your story (or stories) just as you want to tell them -- so you can be sure they'll be heard the way you want them to be heard.

D) Why is "C" so important? Because all our lives, every viewpoint or perspective or belief is often in constant dispute, as people voice very DIFFERENT viewpoints and perspectives from every direction -- on everything. But this is ONE thing -- and ONE subject -- and ONE viewpoint -- that is yours alone. As you're simply the foremost expert on your life.

Before we reveal the secret of the "prompts" -- let's talk about your Memory. Not exactly like a steel trap, you say? Welcome to the club.

But relax, as this is not a "test" of your memory -- it's a memory catalyst. This exercise -- using memory "prompts" -- will help release some of what you didn't even realize was in there. As one thing (you may have heard) leads to another.

A "prompt" is just a trigger of sorts, that actually jogs your memory. So when you answer the name of your favorite childhood pet, this memory usually unlocks what may be a whole barrage of other memories that surrounded your pet. You'll see those scenes again, hear the sounds and smell the smells and sometimes feel (or refeel) those same emotional "connections." You may even "observe" things you hadn't even realized you'd observed the first time around.

You'll want to be aware that some triggers (some prompts) are more powerful than others. Some are more sentimental or emotional than others. Some are more important than others . . . and others yet are just more fun.

You'll need to experiment, which is the whole idea. Life itself is one big experiment -- and how to convey the personal meanings and significances of life -- is another.

The big secret is that you don't need to be!

Jotting down (or keying in) things significant in life has little to do with writing skills. Observation is the key. And remembering and simply expressing your observations is the intent.

The fact is, your children and grandchildren will be so thrilled to hear from you -- increasingly so as time goes on. Especially on the subjects you choose. Because even the subjects you choose to remember will be interesting to them, and so will the way you express it . . . whether it's always in the King's English, or not!

You can polish (and refine, and spellcheck, and gramatically perfect) your work later. The objective here is just to START!


Click above for a (virus-free) copy of an especially fun (& often important) Lifebook Chapter --
a Word.doc with 170 "prompts" on your Favorite Things . . .

Answer in a single word or in several paragraphs. Remember that it's in Word, so no matter how short or long your answer, Word will "back off" the next prompt. Respond to even a few of these -- and see if they don't "prompt" other memories you didn't even know you had . . .

You'll get the idea, as a person's "Favorites" say a lot about that person. Some of the most important things, in fact. And since a person's "Favorites" are often fairly "top of mind" -- they should be easy to remember.

Bringing in the harvest of one's life is both a joy and a responsibility.

Just starting a Lifebook should be a joyful celebration -- of things you feel are most important -- from honesty in relationships to orchid growing; from folk music to professional ethics -- and what you think of subjects (of your choice) in between. With luck, it should be the real harvest of your life (so far). Life's "proceeds." It's a memory, story, and association bank . . . into which you can make new deposits . . . and from which you and your family can take satisfying withdrawals.

It's also a personal responsibility -- one that's so easy to delay and so hard to start. But when we do, we find that a personal or family collection of stories is usually not just a thoughtful compilation, but a precious gift.

$19.95 plus shipping & handling. To Order a copy (which works on both PC and MAC),
just call 805/963-7836, or E-Mail Dianna@dayone.com.
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