As I begin this new blog, I am reminded of what a joy it is to be involved in a mission, a life’s work, that will mean so much to future generations. A couple of wonderful things happened today that I must share.
The first is something that’s happened numerous times since I started LifeStories Alive almost three years ago; I completed a Pre-Interview Questionnaire (PIQ) with a new interviewee. I was quickly reminded of the fun and joy it is to begin the journey of capturing and preserving someone’s LifeStory. The interviewee is a 77-year-old retired attorney. Just when I think these PIQs are routine, I noticed the huge smile over this man’s face as I asked each fill in the blank fact. He was walking down memory lane with such joy … and the actual interview is still a few weeks away! I know this one will be a special LifeStory.
The second thing that happened is a meeting with someone I am blessed to be associated with. Rob is the second person of the team of three who are taking LifeStories Alive’s mission to an exciting new level. Working with Rob has been a great learning experience for me. He brings to our mission not only a technological expertise that is an integral to accomplishing our mission, but also brings a mature, open-minded manner that believes in “out of the box” thinking as well as compromise in order to achieve the greater good. This meeting started with a road block that I felt would be difficult to maneuver around, but ended up with both of us excited about having not gone around it, but through it toward the next step.
Today’s experiences remind me how wonderful it is to be working in a field I am passionate about, and with people who’s stories only add to that growing passion.