Living the memory – Jim Ballard

James Ballard’s final post here reflects on observing one’s self in the here and now. What happens today are the seeds of future memories. Do you see them forming?

Part 3. Living the Memory

It can be confusing to think of creating a memory, because memories are moments of looking back at the past—i.e., they are re-collections. A useful way to get your mind around the issue is to play around with time.

Look back from the future

Take yourself in your imagination to a future moment in which you are looking back at Now. In that imagined future time, talk to yourself about this present moment. Say, That was important, and I didn’t even know it. How could I have dreamed what would occur as a result of that time?

See the present as memory potential

Looking back from the future puts you into a frame of mind of observing what is unique and potential about where you are right now. Practice being awake to the beauty and wonder of each passing moment. That is, after all, the only way to truly be alive.

Good luck making moments memorable!

Thanks, Jim, for your thought-provoking posts! Jim is a nationally known life coach, author, and motivational speaker. His fables challenge readers and listeners to manage their minds to generate joy by going beyond themselves. Visit Coach Jim’s blog or Jim Ballard’s website for further inspiration and information.


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Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; 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), poetry, and cats
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