The Gift of Memories

Speaking of the importance of taking time to pause and reflect, I had a birthday recently.

I didn’t really want a group gathering  on the day-of this year, so over the past month or so my wife reached out to some folks who’ve had an incredible influence in my life over the years, gathered some of their stories of fond memories of me, with pictures, and had them bound into a book that she shared with me as a gift.

The book even included some folks who I haven’t seen in quite some time, although their impact remains with me to this day. It really felt like some “this is your life” type stuff with current affirmations as well as good blasts from the past.

In a way, even though I didn’t do a group gathering, she brought the group to me.

Revisiting these memories and photos in the words of the people who shared them allowed me to think of them individually and collectively, and reflect on those memories as if they were in the room with me. When I tell you this was one of the greatest gifts…


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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Relando Thompkins-Jones

I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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