SoCS: Memory

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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Author: Joanne Corey

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8 thoughts on “SoCS: Memory”

  1. Wow, what a beautiful post. I love your conclusion about trying to “use the positive memories to give strength to heal the legacy of the dark memories.” That definitely is easier said than done, as you so perfectly put it, but it helps to know it’s something we all struggle with. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. All things work together for good. That’s how I try to deal with the darkness of memories. And yes, focus on the good memories. Very Nice post and wonderfully written.

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  3. Concentration on the good memories is essential, though as you say, easier said than done sometimes. I find it helpful to try to look forward when the darker memories come. I try to find a positive lesson in them as well.
    Nice post, Joanne! 🙂

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    1. Thanks. I admit that we are in a situation where looking forward is a bit dark, even when fighting hard to be hopeful. I do appreciate the lessons to be learned from memories, though. It’s kept me out of some troubles along the way.

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