Second Tip for Putting Technology in Its Place and Regaining Control of Your Life

Second Tip for Putting Technology in Its Place and Regaining Control of Your Life2. The shoe box solution: Share old items and keepsakes with family members, especially with your children. These are things handed down from your ancestors, clippings from historic events that shaped their lives or even such things as a baptismal certificate or your parent’s wedding photos.

Scrap booking is very popular because it offers meaningful time with family and friends looking at old photos together. Even if the pictures are in an old shoe box it’s still fun to go through them with others.

 

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The shoe box solution is much more “human” than Facebook because the sharing of memories happens in the same room and involves things Facebook cannot communicate—body language, a smile, an infectious laugh, a hug. Looking at these family relics restores to your soul an idea of connectedness and a reminder of where you came from, who your ancestors were, their traits and achievements, their lifestyles and traditions, etc.


  • Colleen Sheehy

    I have made a point of giving heirlooms as gifts for milestone events, along with a letter explaining the significance. (This annoys my mother the hoarder no end – she’d rather keep the stuff herself!) These items have always been well-received and much appreciated.