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The story of history is for everyone.
That means world leaders, historians -- and us.
We make history every single day of our lives... and contribute to the narrative of the whole world.
As we dig into documenting, I want you to remember this RIGHT NOW!
You see, many people see themselves as "grasshoppers" in the history of the world. They believe they must have some special knowledge or a specific degree to speak of or be involved in any kind of historical discussion. This is, perhaps, the biggest lie of all that we must take down as we move forward.
In its simplest sense, your life story is historical... and today you are STILL writing what people will remember of you. The truth is... your contribution matters. We cannot discuss "how to document your projects" without setting this stage. WHY? Because all documentation has the potential to impact history at the level of one's family and generations, their local community or workplace office.... or the world.
Documentation is a part of "REMEMBERING!" Take a look at this powerful scripture.
Psalm 87:6 NKJV states, "The Lord will record When He registers the peoples: This one was born here."
I absolutely love this -- as it is one of the many affirming scriptures we will learn about that explores the ministry of the chronicler, a type of prophetic scribe that falls in the "recording category" in the scriptures.
Wow, I absolutely LOVE being a scribe! Can't you tell? I am SO EXCITED about this course.
Each one of us has a story to tell, an artifact (evidence) to contribute, a perspective that is relevant to history to someone somewhere. The simplest place to understand this truth is by thanking the "family historian" whether they are found in the form of storytellers passing historical truths down to the generations or those obsessed with family trees.
So you see, learning to properly document isn't just for the degreed and knowledgable. You don't have to be a historian or have a passion for it to learn about how to "accurately document" something.
So don't worry! This is NOT a history course... lol. You will not have to relive early education or your time in universities.
This statement is necessary. We are TRULY learning to document.... steps, help... all of that. BUT, it is important to have this basic understanding: "History is built upon documentation and DOCUMENTATION is the CORE of history." It does not mean, however, that you must become a historian. It simply means that your commitment to documenting contributes to history!
Whew... and that's why I needed to interject this section.
So, don't exit the building! We are sticking fully with teaching you to document and it will be FUN!
Just remember: Documentation is critical to the interpretation of inclusive histories. Each one of us can leave artifacts for others to enjoy, find, and research. We can contribute to the stories the genealogists, storytellers, culturists, etc. tell.
LET'S GO HAVE SOME FUN!