During any single trip, a few hundred amazing stories will happen. We created Story Capture™ as a quick technique to capture as many stories as possible by reducing the story down to a few, essential points of the story. In French, this is known as ‘aide-mémoire.’ This literally translates to an aid to memory, especially a book or document. In every journal, we give ample space to capture highlights from the day to capture significant words and phrases that will buzz your memory later. The small details will help you remember the big details.
How you remember something will depend on how you engage with your experience. If your brain records what you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell by identifying the experience with words, you are much more likely to remember the entire experience. To improve retaining long-term memory, our journals with Story Capture™ create a boosted quality of memory just by engaging more of your senses.
In our journals, Story Capture™ outlines like this: Write three components per every story: (1) who, (2) where, & (3) what made it special. An example could be: [who] Sonny and me, [where] eating dinner in the house restaurant, [what] seeing the restaurant owner get healed.
This simple formula is powerful to capture tons of stories in just a few moments. The biggest loss for short term missions is not documenting the experience. It’s really easy to believe we will remember everything when the memories are fresh, but overtime days begin to overlap, stories begin to get muddled, and experiences lose their emotional intensity. We created Story Capture™ to combat this.