Definition

re·mem·ber | [ri-mem-ber] | verb

  1. to recall to the mind; think of again
  2. to retain in memory

synonyms: cite, commemorate, conjure up, dwell upon, elicit, master, memorialize, recall, recognize, recollect, relive, remind, retain, revive

(dedicated to James Gandolphini, Esther WillIiams, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Michael Jackson, Farrah, Donna Summer… and of course, NYC. You will never be forgotten )

I hear. I know. I see. I remember. I do, I understand. – Confucious

To remember is to practice a lesson. In order to remember, to ”retain something in our memory”, to ”think of something again”, we must have thought of it before or lived through it.

Remember is a verb; an action – something must we must work at. Remembering in itself is a transition, we are bringing something forward in our memory, recalling, considering, pondering how it felt. A transition, whether it be from two legs to one, from grade one to grade two, from sorrow to joy, can be rough or smooth. Life is about moving through through these transitions honestly and without fear – learning them, retaining the lesson and growing it.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain

Ideally we learn and listen to our memories without dwelling in them, as so many memories will also recall emotions. But they are yours; your private movie screenings, your lessons to learn from, your knowledge. They make you who you are today.

  • How warm her hand was…
  • How lost and sad I felt…
  • The smell of the kitchen…
  • How tiny those little feet were…
  • How thick the air was…
  • How lost and sad I felt…
  • How proud I was…

Live presently – but remember your lessons. Allow your memories to linger in your conscious and subconscious, in your heart, mind, and in your soul…in your muscles, in your nerves – in each fiber of your being.

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except the mind.– Dale Carnegie

Philosophy In Action

This week: take time to remember, and perhaps even journal a few of your most precious lessons.

  • Remember how people react to you, and how you respond to them.
  • Remember those people who have touched your life forever, and hold them in your heart.
  • Remember which of your actions propel you forward, and which hold you back.
  • Remember how to move; functionally, with grace, with patience, with confidence.

Remember what you are made of, your values,  so you can better stay on the path that you are creating for yourself.

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Sole Training

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Higher Education

Remember this powerful lesson from "Total Freedom" by Krishnamurti. The ultimate gift is not finding any one thing in particular, or reaching a specific goal. It's the search that matters the most. It's the journey that creates your most treasured memories; the transitions.

4 Comments

  1. Kim Smith
    Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 7:35 am ·

    Thank you for this :)

  2. Christian Botello
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 7:10 pm ·

    I’m blessed to have a soul that can retain every good thing that happens to me (don’t like thinking about the bad) every good memory propels me forward & encourages me to be strive for the mastery so I may be temperate in all things. Building unto my soul from my heart is the gift of life.

  3. Jennifer Schumacher
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 10:17 am ·

    Yes, I agree Jenn… and I LOVE remembering moments when I hear a song, or a smell that reminds me of my grandmother or mom – it’s all good stuff, especially when those memories can make us feel good in the NOW.

  4. Jenn DeLuccia
    Jenn DeLuccia
    Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 7:27 am ·

    After watching the movie, “The Vow”, I realized how lucky we are to have memories. Can you imagine your life without them? Building on positive memories help shape our lives. Think of how fun it is when you hear a song that brings you back or smell something that reminds you of a special time or a taste that connects you to a certain someone or something. Although its never wise to live in the past, sometimes it’s just nice to remember.

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