Memory is both a blessing and a curse.
There are so many wonderful memories – of my daughters growing up, of contentment with my spouse, of the many decades of life with my parents close by, of extended family gatherings, of singing and playing music, of wonderful discussions with friends, of seeing beautiful sights, so much loveliness in the world…
But somehow the dark memories intrude, even when I attempt to push them away – the pain of seeing my daughters struggle against illness, the bewildering journey of the last six months of my father-in-law’s life, the health issues with the remaining family elders, the loss of my family’s beloved parish to an abuse of power, the ongoing tragedies of war, racism, exploitation, sexism, oppression which rely on memory to keep old grievances and what should be bygone practices alive…
What to do? Try to use the positive memories to give strength to heal the legacy of the dark memories.
Easier said than done.
This post is part of Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdays. The prompt is “memory”. Join us! Find out how here: http://lindaghill.com/2014/10/31/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-november-114/
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