Forgetting Can Be a Good Thing

Tracy York, General Manager - 11th September 2012

Last week, I was talking to my sister by phone when she relayed a very cute story to me. She told me that her neighbor's four year old, Sam, had sprained his ankle and was hobbling around. My sister, Terri, and her neighbor were visiting when Sam limped into the room to tell his mother something very important. As he stood there excited to tell them this very important piece of news, a perplexed look crossed his face when he whined, "it took me so long to walk in here, I forgot what I was going to say". Now I don't know about you, but forgetting why I walked into a room or what I was going to say is a daily occurrence in my world. I was happy to hear that us 50+ set weren't the only folks that suffer from "why did I walk in here disease"?

After hearing Terri's story about Sam and how upset he was that he couldn't remember, I got to thinking that perhaps it is okay to slow down long enough to forget some things! Wouldn't it be great if walked a little slower and paid attention how beautiful the flowers are and forgot about the ridiculously long list of things we have to do (because there is ALWAYS a long list of things to do)? I would love to lie in a hammock watching the birds long enough to forget some past hurts or mean things that people have said. Wouldn't it be great if we could take a little time each day to just sit down and relax and not worry about who is sending out mindless chatter through the Internet via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or in a text or email. Would the world truly end if we didn't check our phone every 30 seconds?

I am sorry to hear that Sam hurt his ankle and is having trouble getting around, but I think Sam has an important lesson for each of us. Instead of being in a hurry to go, see and do, perhaps we should all walk a little slower and let the world pass us by. We will remember what we were going to say or do sooner or later and maybe by then, it won't be quite as important as taking some time for ourselves.

Thanks, Sam! Be well.

E-mail Tracy at tyork@lakeaustin.com.