When the local community centre had sent out a notice asking for a donation of old clothes, books, toys, sheets and other commodities, there was a sudden spring cleaning mode. While packing up the clothes especially those of the infant style (some which weren’t worn much, others which they have outgrown), memories and tiny incidents associated with them would come to the forefront. Eventual what became a simple “pack and donate” activity took up the whole of the next three days.
“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” Oscar Wilde
All of us carry our own bag of moments. This bag contains all the good ones as well as the bad ones. Some may have been sweet, poignant, filled with happiness and joy, while others bring back hurt and sorrow.
Delving into the bag, some of them we ought to scatter to the wind, while others we ought to bring them to the forefront occasionally. Either way memories are a precious thing, bringing a glimmer of light on the dark days, reminding one of the numerous blessings and gratitude in life. Learning to cherish them as well as let some of them go are both equally important. Each memorable experience defines us in one small way or the other. Let those reminders be those of the pleasant happy ones, for life is too short to dwell on the sad ones. Cherish the sweet happy moments but learn to revisit and not dwell in them alone. One can always reexamine the past, but living for the present now is what brings hope, warmth and happiness for the future.
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” L.M. Montgomery
By Charlotte Anselmo
In quiet times I often sit
And find my mind adrift
To another place, another time
And oh! My spirits lift!
I see your happy, smiling face,
And that twinkle in your eye.
I hear you sing your favorite song
And I laugh…and then I cry.
Inside my heart Sweet Memories
Stay with me each day
I cherish, and I cling to them
For I miss you in every way.
Each thing I see…
Each thing I do, brings you close to me
For everything upon this earth
Brings Sweet Memories of you.
I imagine our reunion
Some day at heaven’s gate
It fills my heart with happiness…
But for now, I’ll have to wait.
Until my life upon this earth
And my work here is complete
Sweet Memories will keep me
Until at last again we meet.