Milepost Mementos

“Are we there yet?”

I count myself lucky that my 12-year-old son loves a good road trip as much as I do. But this summer, he uttered those dreaded words.

At the time, it was a good question, and one that I was also asking myself.

Ten minutes away from our hotel in Glenwood Springs, the highway had closed because of mudslides. We were directed off the road by a weary construction worker, who was sympathetic to our situation, but firm:

There was no road.

We had to exit.

The detour would take us on a four-hour loop through Steamboat Springs. (You heard that right: four. hours.)

It’s an iconic scenic drive. Except that it was almost midnight, too dark for us to enjoy the gorgeous views.

And once we reached those mountain passes, we lost cell service. Without a signal for my map app, I could no longer figure out where I was (beyond the obvious: we were headed north on a winding two lane road.) How was I supposed to get to wherever-it-was that we were going?

Are we there yet, indeed?

And then I caught a glimpse of a mile marker.

Of course! I had forgotten all about them!

My mind flashed back to childhood family vacations navigated by paper maps. I loved to study the dog- eared atlas in the back seat, as the scenery breezed by. I could locate landmarks by matching the funky symbols in the key. I’d answer my own questions about how long things took by adding up the miles, written in miniscule numbers along the ink roads.

The milepost reassured me. I didn’t feel disoriented anymore. I pointed the next one out to Drew: 58 Miles. That meant we had 22 miles to go.

We were going to make it.

We need mileposts!

A milepost is something that we’ve attached a memory to.
It reminds us of where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going.

Our mileposts are often those once-in-a-lifetime events, like weddings and graduations.

They’re also smaller, meaningful moments.

I still have a souvenir pin that my friend bought me after I skied my first double diamond bowl. I was blindly following him when he dropped into the shoot. He was a much better skier than I was, but I had no intention of being left behind. After I successfully maneuvered out without breaking any bones, my confidence skyrocketed. It might sound silly to you, but it was a really big deal to me. It’s one of my mileposts!

Many of our mileposts- our life events- include gifts and gift giving,
but we don’t always catch the connection between these things.

We intuitively understand that the act of gift- giving is important.

Throughout history and cultures, gift-giving helps us to define relationships and strengthen bonds. It’s a tangible way to express that we love someone, we’re proud of them, we’re grateful for them, we like them. It’s joyful!

The actual gift is important, too: the good, old-fashioned kind that someone wraps and hands to you.
We attach memories to objects,

The object- the gift- helps us remember.

Memories are the stuff of Life. They create the mileposts.

When you give a gift, you’re helping someone create a milepost.
That’s a big deal!

In their book, The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath explore the science behind memory making. They suggest types of moments that create happy memories:

  • When we give a gift a for a job well done, we’re celebrating moments of pride. This is especially important in a job setting. According to one survey the Heath brothers found, the #1 reason people leave their jobs is “a lack of praise and recognition.”
  • When we give an unexpected gift, we’re creating a moment of elevation. These are experiences that rise above the routine. They make us feel engaged, joyful, amazed, motivated.’ It’s an off-script moment. It disrupts business-as-usual.
  • When we give a gift for a life event, we’re building a moment of connection. We’re choosing to walk alongside them, support them, as they step into a new season.

Our gift links our relationships to their experiences,
which become memories, which become mileposts.

Our mileposts influence our future direction because they’re infused with memories. Our ability to predict the future is related to our ability to remember the past.

When we give a gift, we’re letting the recipient know that we believe that their future is bright.

We’re grateful for our shared experiences.

We’re thrilled that we have a lot to look forward to, together.

Here’s to the joy in the Journey!

Are you ready to inspire community, camaraderie, and connection?
Let us help you create a Milepost Moment!

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