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The Battle with Memory (an ongoing saga)


I’m fighting with my memory again. I hate it so.
I seem to recall saying to someone, somewhere, about something, “I’m not busy on Friday after music ministry at the Lighthouse.” That memory indicates a response to a request and a possible plan to do something, somewhere, with someone, but what, where and who with?

There is only a taunting emptiness, a frustrating fuzziness, where there should be a clear recollection, no doubt. I’m scrambling through the files of my mind and coming up with empty folders. Zilch. Zero. Nada.

I’ve looked in my calendar app. Nothing showing there. Ugh. Again. No clues. 

This has happened before and I’ve not found out until too late what I was supposed to be doing with whom. I hate it. 

I need a secretary! 😉
AJ 

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10 comments on “The Battle with Memory (an ongoing saga)

  1. Sparkyjen
    November 18, 2016

    I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to not recall an important date or appointment. I suspect it’s hard thinking you may have made a promise you now cannot keep because it seems escapes you. I wonder if you could ask “whom” for a reminder call or email to help prompt you? They may also want to make sure that you two meet up when and where planned. Just a mention!

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    • annj49
      November 18, 2016

      I have done this with a few people, and that works. They call, I get to the activity.

      I was talking with someone today and remembered one thing while talking. The missing mystery event was predicated on receiving a call from a person I was now able to remember, about a topic I could finally recall , because this current conversation jogged the memory (the call was to arrange a meeting).

      If I don’t write things down or make a calendar entry I may not remember and if someone says they will call me to make an arrangement, then that escapes my planning attention but I may still remember something was supposed to be happening and not remember what it was.

      I’ve missed out on quite a few events. I try not to make promises any more for that reason.

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  2. Sparkyjen
    November 18, 2016

    Smart. It strikes me that maybe you unconscious mind is suggesting fewer events anyway. May I suggest thinking about what you do remember. How meaningful was this to you. We tend to remember things attached to an strong emotion. We tend to remember what will or has brought us joy. Everything else we may have to forget (which is more conscious than we may want to admit) for the highest and best of us.

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    • annj49
      November 18, 2016

      This was about an important task. It was something I seriously wanted to do, but it hinged on information from others, one of whom was supposed to call, but, as it turns out, hasn’t. Oh well! 😉

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      • Sparkyjen
        November 18, 2016

        I believe things happen or don’t the way they are supposed to. I have learned not to fight it. When something doesn’t happen for me, I see it as giving me time to do other things, and actually rejoice. Just me. However, if you are bothered by frequent memory loss… May I suggest getting tested. There may be a treatable solution. Less stress for certain. I work with people who have cognitive memory issues, so I do know how much better a person feels after understanding what’s going on. Highest and Best!

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        • annj49
          November 18, 2016

          Yes, I believe that too, but the fogginess does bother me and frustrates me nonetheless….I just felt the need to share 😉
          Thanks for your interest, and for the helpful comments 🙂

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  3. Bernadette
    November 19, 2016

    I have found the harder I try to remember the more elusive the information becomes. If I take a walk or meditate the relaxation usually helps me to retrieve the info.

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  4. Elizabeth
    November 30, 2016

    I agree with Bernadette. I tell Mr. Comfortable not to try to remember things. If he just lets it go it comes back to him. And I’m a note person. If I don’t write things down they’re gone instantly! And you’re right that it’s very frustrating!

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