March 21, 2018
“You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.”
… Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
We are not immune to memories. You cannot escape the events in your life that have left lasting impressions in your mind. On occasion, the setting is so similar that you feel as though you are reliving the event all over again in your mind. These mental encounters we call “memories” can be extremely productive or detrimental to our well-being. In those moments, we choose to either dwell in the experience of the recalled event or we accept it and immediately dismiss it.
Those memories that evoke fondness and a feeling of goodness and love should be experienced and not dismissed. Those events that recall unpleasant circumstances in your past should be acknowledged and dismissed. However, if you learned something from an unpleasant experience, acknowledge within yourself what you learned from it and turn the moment of negative remembrance into a positive outcome of success. Many times, the mistakes of the past do present opportunities
for positive personal growth in our lives. That being the case, be thankful and express gratitude for the positive change in your life that has occurred because of your experience!
If you have difficulty in dismissing memories that are negative and destructive to your personal well-being, please consult with a licensed professional counselor or Psychologist for help.