Excitement Fills The Air

Fall is upon us. Days grow shorter, cooler, and grander as the leaves change and smells of comfort fill the air.  It is the time of high school football and bands marching for halftime shows.

Everyone is busy cleaning their yards and prepping for the first snowfalls of the season. As parents prep holiday decorations, the children try to decide what they want to be for Halloween. Teenagers look forward to the homecoming dance. Fall is the time everything has excitement and a chance to relax for a weekend.

The hot summer is gone, and the biting blizzards of winter are not here yet.  All the senses get touched with reminders of happy and comfortable times.

Which memory will you enjoy?

Remembering

Ever try to make a list of everyone you have ever met? It is tough to do. Our fantastic mind that stores all of our data appears to drop a few files every now and again. Even worse, rather than storing the factual data, it stores just our memories of people and events. And sometimes, I think that past events stored in our mind might get corrupted by the newer data that we occasionally receive. Does this sound a little bit confusing and overwhelming? No wonder I have a hard time remembering.

You can take everything and put it into the computer. And then all you need to do is try to remember which pages went into which files. And know which directories they are stored on. And what cloud all that went to. Finally, after figuring all that out, hopefully, you get the completed page and not just a placeholder page that you started but never really filled out. Are there better ways to keep the memory of things? There is.

 You can make a journal. Journals of been around as long as people have been able to write. When royalty could not write, scribes took dictation for them. You can keep a journal online, or you can write a journal in a notebook. There are a few key reasons that I like the physical notebook over the computer at times. Yet there are also a few key reasons I prefer the laptop over the written word.

The actual act of writing takes a little more time, yet, it allows you that time to think about what you are writing. This actually does help embed that knowledge into your memory. You have everything in one book, or as time goes on, a set of books. You can go to these notebooks and look something up. Because they are not on the computer, others cannot hack your system and read your journals.

The computer is helpful for journaling if you can keep control of it. If you have a particular format you use which works well for you and use a speech to text program or dictation on Microsoft Word®, you can put down your thoughts 80% faster than you can by writing with pen or pencil. Also, with the computer, you can put in a keyword and search your journal for something specific that you are looking for.

We each have our own ways of preferring to do different tasks. Sometimes the important thing is not how you do something as much as the fact that you do it. When we are setting out on life’s journey, we never think about some of the things that will be so important to us as we grow older.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Remember Them

This is the Memorial Day weekend. A time where we stopped to remember and honor those who have done what they could to make our life better.

Yes, these folks are the military and many others. The statesman who first put their lives on the line to form our great nation and that lineage carrying on to today. Brave congressmen and senators some of Whom have faced overwhelming pain, torture, and partial dismemberment from the enemy both in captivity and on the battlefield. Those who were shot while practicing for a charity baseball event, and those who stand to do what’s right every day, we honor them all.

We honor the firemen who charged into a high-rise building to save others, knowing they were the ones who would not make it back out. The policeman who was killed during a routine traffic stop, trying to keep the roads safe. The next-door neighbor who stood up to be counted when someone called out pleading for help. These are the people who gave the ultimate sacrifice. They did so to make a difference in the lives of others and to protect the way of life they loved.

It seems that one day or one weekend to memorialize those who have passed is not enough. Every day we should spot these people who do the good for others. And, we should thank them, for every good action a person takes makes everyone that much better.

Have a great Memorial Day