Amnesia ~ A condition that enables a woman who has gone through labor to make love again.
Impregnable ~ A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid! *
Obviously, our memories can play a significant role in our future choices and activities!
Some things are good to remember; others, you’d like to forget. For example:
- Remember what went before, because “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it,” says the philosopher.
- “We need to remember history so we don’t repeat its errors,” says the historian.
- “Remember your Creator,” says the preacher.
- “It’s good to remember the times you felt close to God,” says the revivalist.
- “Forgive and forget,” says the psychologist.
- “Forget your troubles and relax,” says the cruise director.
- “Forget about the concept of the perfect mate,” says the relationship specialist.
- “Forget your regrets and risk more,” says the motivational speaker.
We don’t usually have a choice about what we remember, do we? But we can choose how we respond to what we remember. And while we may want to forget something, it just may not be possible. Sometimes we just can’t erase the memories. We can, however, add new meaning to an experience, or give it fresh purpose.
A wonderful book to help people deal with hurtful memories is Putting Your Past in Its Place by Stephen Viars (Harvest House, 2011). ** [I mentioned this book a few days ago in the post, "Don't Look Back."]
Viars explains how to categorize painful past events. The four categories are: (1) You were innocent in an event or circumstance (where you were hurt, abused, misunderstood, etc.), and you responded well; (2) You were innocent, but you responded poorly; (3) You were guilty in some way, but you responded well; or (4) You were guilty, but you responded poorly. The author then explains how to deal biblically with issues from the past, once they are properly categorized.
Some people are so afraid of making a mistake that others might remember that Continue reading