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The 9 Sagacities of Mining Your Snapshots

The 9 Sagacities of Mining Your Snapshots

Sagacity is all about your perception and insight, and old family snapshots can reveal many surprising things. While we rely heavily on digital images now, our old, boxed-up, hard-copy snapshots seem to capture those special life moments that we didn’t appreciate or remember at the time. Our reflections with the benefit of further life experience can give new meaning and insight to those old moments. So get to it and find those boxes of snapshots and uncover those golden moments because here are nine things they will reveal to you.

1. They set a baseline

Each snapshot marks the beginning of a very special timeline from then to right now. It is our “baseline” for us to measure many things back then, such as what the world was like, what we were like, and what seemed most important to us. After you have reflected on all of that, you can measure how much you have changed over time. That’s a good thing because it can tell us where we are headed.

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2. They help you understand how meaning changes

What was important then may not be important today and may not be important tomorrow. Or maybe those things are even more important today now that you have added some more years to your life. Reflection is good for us and helps us stay in touch with our soul.

3. They record important relationships

Now this is where things can really get interesting. If you are looking at a snapshot of a person who was important in your life back then, ask yourself if they are still important today? Many relationships change over time and so do our views of them. If you have the courage, pick up the phone and call them right now! You may be surprised by the enriching conversation you have with your old friend.

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4. They make the passing of time more tangible

Now, time is a very, very powerful thing because it can change things in the direction we want or not. And time is part of the cycle of life. You should always embrace it with eyes wide open and drink in every second that you have! Many times you will see an old picture of yourself and wonder, “Did I really look that young then?” Trust me, you did!

5. They remind you not to miss the precious things

Sometimes we miss those precious moments. Wherever our mind is, our eyes usually are. Life speeds past us so quickly that we miss some of the good stuff! It happens all the time. Snapshots are like a rose garden so slow down and “smell the roses.”

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6. They help you to not forget

We forget what we looked like over time. Snapshots will jar our memories and those experiences will come back and wash over us like sunshine on a beautiful summer’s day!

7. They give you the chance to share your past

Take the opportunity to share your pictures with someone who is important to you now. Many times, that person was not even in your life way back then. Believe me, good times are just waiting for you if you get to sharing!

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8. They are worth more than 1,000 words

Pictures are worth a thousand words. And if you really get a snapshot gem, the conversation will grow into way more than a thousand words. Story after story will come rushing out of your memories and great conversation will ensue!

9. They are a record of “The Good Old Days”

The “Good Old Days” are usually not noticed when they actually occur. They are only fully appreciated in retrospect.

So get to it and start your treasure hunt. Make sure you save every box of your old family pictures in your parents’ and grandparents’ attic or basement. There’s gold in them boxes!

And leave your comments below and tell me what you found!

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    My grandfather, Rene Voisin, orchestral musician, in his beloved garden!

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    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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