My friend Linda and I have been talking about Christmas memories today. She’s in a funk and so we were talking about some memories and how she feels about them. I gave her some different ways of thinking about the same events, and she is such a good sport that she readily agreed that there were several legitimate interpretations to some of her Christmas memories.
This is a wonderful skill set for all occasions, especially during the holidays.
I consider it a spiritual discipline.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
Psalm 77:11-12 NIV
IF we are going to make changes, it will be helpful to remember. I have found more compassion and empathy for past resentments and griefs once I was able to remember.
What is remembering? It is the capacity, like Linda, to consider that the stories we tell ourselves may have different interpretations.
Have you noticed that when we tell a story from the past, particularly an emotional one, that over time our recitations of the story become rote? It’s like someone pushes our play button and we retell the story with the exact same words we have always used?
What stories do you need to remember? Who could you talk to and perhaps get a fresh interpretation of the same old story?