I have CRG, “can’t remember guano,” or CRS if you prefer the more vulgar expression of excrement.
I admit, I have a crap memory. Always have. Maybe always will.
This used to enrage me. I’d get positively rabid over not being able to retrieve details from memory.
Several years ago I started keeping a mini notebook in my back pocket at all times. This helped control some of the anxiety and helplessness I felt at not being able to pick out memories at the fingertips of my mind.
In fact, my other websites and this blog is a macrocosm of the micro-notebook idea. I started these virtual archives as a record-keeping tool so I could retrieve and reflect upon my symbolic experiences.
Over time, my “impaired” memory didn’t seem like such an impairment any more. In fact, my state of memory became symbolic of some pretty cool aspects:
- A propensity to stay in the present moment
- An ability to overlook limitation
- Acceptance of what is
Further, I came to realize my Swiss cheese memory is actually an asset in my intuitive work.
Why? Because memory is a filter. The mind takes what is sees now, and constantly compares it with past experience. It’s human nature. With a less-than-perfect memory, I’ve got fewer comparative filters to contend with.
This really allows my intuitive impressions to roll. Consequently, my interpretative services and the symbolic insights I write about are more authentic, unfettered and fluid. This offers unique value for my clients and readers.
So, I’m sharing this as an invitation to reconsider your personal quirks. Reposition your emphasis on an aspect of yourself you once considered “impaired” or “faulty.” Flip the aspect over to consider its benefits.
It’s a new spin on old advice. As Johnny Mercer put it “Accentuate the Positive.”