“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that’s all there is.”
Carson, the all-business butler on Downton Abbey, uttered this line in this week’s episode while he was reminiscing about his long-ago, now-deceased sweetheart who had married someone else.
It was one of those moments when fiction describes reality pretty nicely.
Interestingly, some of Downton Abbey’s rich storylines might be inspired by letters, diaries and memoirs penned by servants (Below Stairs by Margaret Powell comes to mind).
When we think of our lives, many of us remark, “Oh, I don’t have anything interesting to say.” Yet servants 100 years ago who bothered to preserve memories about their so-called mundane lives live on in some ways in books and television.
Everyone has a story to tell. Capture those acquired memories.