The Stories We Leave Behind: A Legacy-Based Approach to Dealing with Stuff

October 27, 2019 - Comment

The Stories We Leave Behind is a legacy-based approach to dealing with our stuff and preserving our stories. Rather than asking which items we can live without, The Stories We Leave Behind asks: 1. How do I want to be remembered? 2. What stories tell that legacy? 3. What stuff highlights those stories? In the

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The Stories We Leave Behind is a legacy-based approach to dealing with our stuff and preserving our stories. Rather than asking which items we can live without, The Stories We Leave Behind asks:

1. How do I want to be remembered?
2. What stories tell that legacy?
3. What stuff highlights those stories?

In the process you’ll highlight items that tell a legacy story, identify valuable stuff that may be overlooked, minimize challenging decisions for loved ones, and reclaim space, time, and energy for you.

What stories will you leave behind?

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Anonymous says:

A new and empowering approach to identifying legacy stories and being the curator of your own life and stuff I found this very readable book to be gently and powerfully life changing. Like many baby boomers, I have a lot of stuff, not only the things I’ve acquired in my life time but also those passed on to me by my parents who in turn inherited them from their parents and various aunts and other family members. Author Laura Gilbert asserts that we are the generation where the buck (and the buffet) stop. Our kids don’t want [most of] our stuff but they do want us to be happy. The next generation…

Anonymous says:

In this book, Laura Gilbert has given you every … In this book, Laura Gilbert has given you every tool you will ever need to not just take stock of all the possessions you have acquired and accumulated over time, but also to create your own legacy in a manner that matches your personal history. She gently reminds us that possessions and stuff has not always been ‘all there is’ at the end. It has not always been this way, and with care and clear directions, she guides you into a path that will help you organize, clarify and claim your own…

Anonymous says:

The Right Message It is not always easy to think about sorting through years of memories and thinking about what one will get rid of. However, this book does that without feeling prescriptive or morbid or like a new Zen philosophy of simplifying. It is straightforward, easy to access, with good ideas and checklists and tips that made me feel like I was the one able to make the decisions. If I wasn’t ready, that was okay.But mainly I gave this book 5 starts because of the central message. What is my…

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