Jim Ballard – Making a memory

Jim Ballard, motivational speaker, life coach and author, posts the second in his series on memory. One of the missions of Cherry Blossom Memories blog is to encourage others to make good memories – and, yes, you can have a hand in creating good memories even out of bad or frustrating experiences.

Part 2: Making A Memory

Since memories are made of “what happened,” is it possible to “happen” one? Can we, at will, create a memorable moment? In order to purposely create a memory there are several things to remember.

Be mentally alert
Planning an event such as a special trip or party doesn’t guarantee a memory. How can we ensure that what happens will be “memorable?” If the “memory-ness” isn’t to be hit or miss, it’s necessary to be extra observant. Have the attitude, a memory could occur here at any moment – I mustn’t miss it.

Stay in the present
Memories occur in moments. Each memory is a unit of consciousness that was created in a single moment. Therefore, if we want to know how to create a memory, we must pay attention to the moments we’re in. In other words, live in present time.

So, soak in the essence of special moments, but if something goes awry look for the good in a situation as we all know the saying about clouds having silver linings, whether it be a good friend to the rescue, a bond being formed, daring to laugh instead of cry. Today is September 11, the anniversary of a horrifying tragedy. I choose to remember how our nation came together, how we gained new appreciation for our firemen and policemen, how we celebrated the lives of those lost. Be in the moment, look upward and forward.

Next week Jim will discuss “Living the Memory.” Visit Coach Jim’s blog for a dose of inspiration or Jim Ballard’s website for further information about him or to sign up for his newsletter.

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Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), and cats
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