Story Time – Valuing the Past

This is a great article from the Wall Street Journal called “Story Time: The Heck with looking foward. There’s value in looking back.”  It is about the wisdom of telling stories from the past to younger family members as “a deft way to transmit lessons about life while strengthening generational bonds.”  It also includes this provocative quote from Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survior Viktor Frankl (author of the classic Man’s Search for Meaning) on the value of reflecting on past accomplishments as one grows older: “Why should the old envy the young,” he asked, “for the possibiliteis that a young person has?”  Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of suffering bravely suffered.”  Here’s the full article.


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