I happened upon lindaghill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday with the word “mind” as a prompt. http://lindaghill.com/2015/08/21/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-2215/ I have not linked to something of this kind before so we’ll see how it goes.
What it brought to MIND was the way people around me seem to be in fear of losing theirs. One example is the husband, who is always shaking his head over something he’s forgotten he did. He makes notes at work so he can look back and remember. He looks at the notes and can’t believe he wrote them.
So I forget things too, and I have to say I forget things more than I used to. Sometimes I am talking and I know what I intend to say but I can’t think of the word I want to use. I can try to say the thought in a different way, but I want that one word. I know I’ve used it many times and it is a friend of mine but it won’t come out. I used to never remember the word for this awesome flower, hydrangea, and I would mull it over for a couple hours…” what is that word, what is that word, I think it starts with C, no J, no G, no…” and then I fixed the problem by calling it water flower because I can associate water with hydro and *presto!* it pops into my MIND.
And I have trouble remembering what kind of dog Charlie is. I can always remember terrier but not the specific kind. Conquered that too, it’s Wheaten. And he is the color of wheat so will I forget it? No, it just takes me a couple seconds to remember what to call his color. He is not a Beige Terrier, or an OffWhite Terrier. I’m confusing myself.
And so what if I remember to lock the door but leave the key in the lock on the outside. I don’t know how a person does that but I’m sure it’s because I get distracted with all the things on my MIND.
I have had several clients with Alzheimer’s and that is indeed something to fear. Whatever it is that messes with their minds is really an enemy and I have deep compassion for people who lose family members to that disease. My mom always says that she hopes if she gets it she won’t be upset because she won’t remember being any other way. I hope if I get Alzheimers I will do it in a happy way, and everyone I am with will be like meeting a new friend every time I see them. That would be lovely.
Hey we all forget. And we forget more as we age. But we don’t forget everything and I’m praying about it, thinking that it’s just one more thing under God’s control. If I’m his servant, then I’m his problem and he can figure out what to do with me. I don’t MIND.
Maybe you would like to do a SoCS post? If so, here are the rules and the link to use is in my first paragraph.
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,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
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. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
3 thoughts on “Mind – a four letter word…”
Using association is a great way to help remember.
Yes, Alzheimer’s is nasty. My father makes jokes to deal with the fact, he always says he’s in early stages whenever he can’t remember something, to help deal with his fear of getting it.
I can’t imagine The mind is a powerful and a mysterious thing.
I come from a long line of “forgetters”. My mother writes post it notes for her post it notes for her post it notes….I write notes and forget to take them with me or forget entirely what I wrote them for because I incorrectly assumed that as I read it back I would remember why I wrote it. Early onset Alzheimers…I swear I have it. It is true though, it does seem that :mind losing” is contagious…
I used to have the same problem remembering the name Hydrangea and similar things you mentioned. I do think it is normal though. Some people have better memories than others as well.