Dear friends, what triggers memories for you? The strongest memory trigger for me is music. I hear a piece of music, a song, and I am instantly taken back to a time and place far from my present circumstances. Allow me to share a few.
Van Morrison ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – it came on the radio as a dear friend drove us to the temple in a Range Rover (that’s important because it’s one of my favourite cars and she’d managed to borrow one for the day 🙂 ) to be sealed, that means married not till ‘death do us part’ but, potentially (depending on our faithfulness) for eternity. Our friend made a comment that it was for my new husband, for us.
Kool & the Gang ‘Celebration’ – will always take me back to youth dances, in the first year after I was baptised. I was 17 and loved the activities and dances but they were also awkward because I was the new girl, everyone had been friends for ever (it seemed) and I had little in common with my peers. I spent most of the dances with the adult leaders who did speak with me and encouraged me.
Elton John ‘I’m Still Standing’ – I’m 14 or 15 years old and ready to face the world. I loved the summer of this song – not for anything I did, I’m sure we would have done nothing spectacular as we never went on holidays. But I must have been in upper secondary school, I’d chosen my subjects, which included Engineering Drawing and I’d abandoned Biology 🙂 I knew what I was doing, what I wanted to be, how to get there and I knew I could get there. I was quietly very confident of my course in life, more than many in my friendship group.
I understand the role the Comforter has in helping us remember, John 14 v 26
… the Holy Ghost … shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance …
This is primarily referring, I think, to learning our Saviour’s teachings but I feel we need to remember events in our personal lives, they can give us courage and hope.
The point of all this is that I’m thinking of introducing a regular memory slot. This will help me in my goal for ‘The Quiet Ones’ – if you don’t know what I’m talking about you need to read my ‘writing it down’ post from last week.