Enjoying life each day by remembering and reflection.

An epiphany came to me today. With our two minds, the experiencing self needs its partner- the remembering self to be in synch. Many people suffer from lost memories like my father Cesar, 90 years old, doesnt remember my mother passed on last March 2012 but remembered her during his final month in December. My aunt Zenaida, his sister, doesnt remember how to contact her siblings. But not only old people forget. My daughter Ayen,23 years old, keep losing her chargers and usb, cannot remember where she left them. My husband Ed also has to ask me where our favorite books are shelved and if he cannot find them, will buy new copies like those of Stephen Covey and  Nassim Taleb.

Why do we forget ? There are always short memories, medium term and lifelong term memories.

What we experience is not always stored in our memory cells. What allows us to remember are those experiences we find

meaningful and makeTatay Iba pics1056953_10151543850283450_1967033705_n us feel deeply . Memorizing by rote can only help for a period but those that stay on are the reflections that we do frequently.

So if one is at risk of senility, Alzheimer, dementia , then it is necessary to reserve each day an hour of reflection for what you did . The memories of yesterday are assisted by faces, by people who take time to engage you. Faces, especially those gentle faces with smiles, will lift you from a fog of forgetfulness. Even aromas, have a usefulness in making you remember – the scent of cooking, the fragrance of a garden or a bouquet can help transport you into a state of joy vivre. So keep remembering, reflecting and life will blossom into a  fragrant moment. Such moments will fill a garden and your daily life will keep you joyful.

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