It seems that lately (and by lately I mean most of my life) I’ve fallen victim quite often to the unbecoming attribute of forgetfulness. Why do we forget important events like birthdays, meeting times, and things people tell us throughout the day that we wanted to tell someone else? It’s hard because when we forget important things, it usually ends up hurting other people even more than we hurt ourselves.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I forget things and how I might be able to do better at remembering… especially important things. One of the synonyms for “forget” is “neglect.” When I think of neglect, it makes me think of selfishness. And I think that’s sometimes where the problem lies. Usually I forget things because I’m so absorbed with what I’M doing at the moment that whatever I was supposed to remember is completely dispelled from me. Like I’m so concerned about eating breakfast that I make it, eat it, then leave and come back to a house that’s burned down because I forgot to turn the stove off!
I feel like I’m the type of person that can focus really well on one thing and get it done but oftentimes this works against me. There needs to be balance and It’s going to have to start with working harder to look outside of myself. My wife is really good at this. I think it’s why she has one of the best memories of anyone I’ve ever met. She’s always thinking of others and their needs and never her own and as a result, hardly ever forgets to do or say something that she was supposed to.
I know this is kind of a personal subject but I felt like I just needed to get it out. Get some thoughts flowing to help me figure out a way to improve. Plus, I haven’t written anything in such a long time that I felt I needed to break the cycle. Again, it’s the busyness and being absorbed with my day to day tasks that have kept me from even remembering to blog. Remembering better starts today!