I have a terrible memory.
I forget names, important dates and vital details.
I can’t blame it on being “of a certain age”. I’ve always had this issue.
I used to rely on my beloved sister’s amazing memory to keep track of events in our childhood.
“Did we do that?” “Where was that place we rode the horses?” “What was the name of that crazy babysitter?’
I should have kept a diary….
So when presented with this month’s “6 Words” challenge by Coach Daddy, I had an easy answer.
September is Self-Improvement Month.
What’s one thing you’d like to upgrade in yourself in six words?
“ENGAGE MEMORY” switch for my brain.
Funny thing, though. As soon as Eli sent the prompt, I came up with the perfect 6 words but didn’t immediately write them down.
And promptly forgot.
Then came up with a new way to say the same thing – in 6 words – failed to write it down and, you guessed it, forgot.
Gone. Nothing. Zippo.
This happened more times than I care to admit. I may have come up with the same 6 words over and over again, I don’t remember. We’ll never know.
But if I had a switch for my brain that I could turn on to purposefully engage my memory? Amazing, right?
For starters, I’d fall asleep more quickly.
My nightly insomnia is, again, not caused by my age or by late afternoon lattes. It is a direct result of my terrible memory intersecting with my pathological need to make to-do lists.
Not a good combo.
Imagine if I could wiggle my ear or tweak my nose to fire up my memory on demand.
I’d be unstoppable!
I’d remember the bread and eggs and Dijon mustard on my mental grocery list.
I would remember to send cards and gifts on time.
Appointments would be made! Airline tickets purchased! Brilliant blog posts written!
Seriously, folks, if only I could remember all the clever, witty, lyrical prose I compose while laying awake each night, I’d be awarded a Pulitzer or something.
I’d spend less time conferring with Professor Google, looking up the answers to the same questions time and time again.
I’d complete crossword puzzles every day, not just the easy ones on Mondays.
Parties and meetings would be a breeze if I could turn on my memory to record the names of all the people in the room.
Flip the switch. Memory engaged. All is good.
But, alas, there is no such magical solution to my faulty memory condition.
My lazy brain and I are going to have to take on the hard work of self-improvement all on our own.
It sure would be easier, though, if pizza and wine were super brain foods rather than blueberries and sardines. (And yes, I had to google “brain foods” to remember what to write. I’ve got some work to do…)
Coach Daddy’s 6 Word Challenge is inspired by Earnest Hemingway’s assertion that any story can be told in only 6 words. Be sure to hop over to Coach Daddy to see all of this month’s entries.
In the meantime, play along! In 6 words, what would you do to upgrade yourself?Thanks for stopping by,
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