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Remembering the Lessons



Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post Prompt is: Memory.

My memory isn’t what it used to be. It makes me worry a little about that illness that old people get that starts with an A. But I’m not going to worry too much about that. Memory is a funny thing. We can remember some things so well: the long term memories or those big mistakes we want to forget, but then we get to focus on remembering the LESSONS from those mistakes.

I do want to remember how lonely I was a few years ago when I wanted a partner, but not the wrong partner. Lots of bad memories about the wrong partners. But were they really wrong at the time? Or did they teach me things I needed to learn to appreciate the partner I have now? First,  I learned how to be alone and love myself. Now I’m learning how to be in a healthy relationship.

Memories are such fleeting, fuzzy things sometimes. In writing our memoir, we keep getting the feedback to add more detail. Somethings we remember very clearly even from out high school romance in the early 70s. But many things are fuzzy. Dang, I already used the word fuzzy. This is Stream of Consciousness, it’s okay. Where was I? So, in writing a memoir, sometimes you have to re-create the details and dialogue. We’re keeping honest with the feelings and moods we do remember. But how much detail can anyone remember from conversations that took place 40 years ago?

I do love refreshing these memories. I love knowing that even though there have been some really sad memories, things have worked out. There have been so many challenges that I saw no way out of, but I got through them. We all do. That is the value of memories. Even if we make the same mistake more than once, we learn. We get better.


If you’d like to be part of the Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt, visit

It’s fun and easy!

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “Remembering the Lessons

  1. Regarding the A, keep writing and the A will hold off till you quit. Memory is a funny thing how some stuff is there instantly and other stuffs are fuzzy as you say. Nice post.

  2. You’re so right about the value of memories — they really can give us hope about our future. Thanks for this reminder!

  3. Wow! Your SOC didn’t end quickly like mine did! Very nice job. We kinda wrote on the same subject about memory, but yours added new subjects also. This is my first time at this and I think it’s just like free-writing. I’m going to keep this up! I’m a new blogger, so it’s so good to meet you and other bloggers here at wordpress!

  4. I think it takes wisdom to learn from what we remember. And when we can’t, it’s great to have a journal to help jog those memories along. Great post, JoAnne. 🙂

  5. Thanks, Linda. Yep, journals help. I have several from adult years, but strangely none I could find from adolescence. Did my mom find them? ! Thanks for the prompt too!

  6. i find myself struggling within memories, extremely bad with the short term memories, however i am 57 of age and with a very bad drug habit…

    So to be honest loss of memories can be called my own falt!

    O-Yes thank you for dropping by to have a read!

    • Some short term memory problems can happen for those of us in our late 50’s, even without a drug problem. But drugs of abuse do tend to make memory worse. Thanks for being honest. Being honest and taking responsibility are important first steps. Not everybody does that. I wish you the best and appreciate your comment. I pray that you stay safe and warm, and remember that recovery is possible.

      • yes i do know recovery is possible. i did have three years, decided that recovery was not for me!

        Dry and Warm, is the way i love to be!

  7. Don’t worry if you forget where you put your keys every once in a while. Worry if you forget what keys are for.

  8. Right, JC. 🙂 Keys are for opening doors and locks and starting cars. I’ll remember that.

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