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Monday, 11 December 2017

Enjoy the moment for what it is.

Christmas can be a difficult time for people. It can remind you of what once was but is now lost. Memory is a very deceiving mechanism. We look back fondly on events and people, who at the time, may have actually been troubling.
I was chuffed to see this on Instagram

I said once to someone "Don't let the dust from the past fool you to think it's glitter".  I think our memories glimmer with an enticing sheen, only because there's no way for hard facts to correct it. Our memory is like a Facebook feed - it's photographic highlights of the good bits, or the funny bits - even the terrible events seem to lose some of their danger, from our safe position ensconced in the present.

As I've quoted before "Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire."(John Dewey) 


The only lesson we can learn from this, is to not let comparison spoil the moment. Enjoy the present, untainted by the past or hopes for the future. Now is all we have, and we should try to focus on what is special each day as it happens. No matter how small, how insignificant or how imperfect it may be. These moments are exactly how the best memories are made, even when we don't realise it at the time.


Linking an old post with #Lifethisweek as I don't think we can ever go back and recapture memories. There are places I'd like to visit again and things I'd like to do again but I think I've changed too much to ever recapture a memory.







17 comments:

  1. I love that... the past cannot be changed, not matter how hard you try or wish. It has happened, that's a fact and not negotiable - it's the meaning you wish to put to it #teamIBOT

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  2. what a great reflection, I have made this year a purpose to learn and let go to be able to enjoy the everyday.

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  3. Such a good reminder! This moment and the now is such a gift, that's why it's called the present!

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  4. Oh i so agree with this, nothing you can do to alter the past so enjoy the present :) #DreamTeam

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  5. So true- our memories often distort and make things seem far shinier than they were!

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  6. Wow, you must have a much better Facebook feed than I - I wouldn't want that in my memory, lol. Anything we haven't resolved of the past, is going to skew our memory (free advise from a psychologist).

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  7. I love your quote: "Don't let the dust from the past fool you to think it's glitter". Christmas really does have a way of doing this to us doesn't it? Great post and valuable advice. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

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  8. Very true words here! It's always good to live in the moment and enjoy it for what it is #fortheloveofBLOG

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  9. I love this! So true and yet so hard to remember sometimes. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

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  10. 'Not let comparison spoil the moment' this is so true, Lydia.

    Thanks for the reminder

    SSG xxx

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  11. I love this quote so much that I'll be using it in the corporate newsletter this week as my quote of the week. It's so true - you can't ever go back...well, you can, but it wont be the same. Ever. And that's okay.

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    1. It's nice to be quoted by someone other than myself - hehehehe!

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  12. I agree Lydia we need to make the most of now rather than looking back or forward. I also think that over time our memories of certain events change to what makes us feel good rather than perhaps the way it was. I love your quote! #Lifethisweek

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  13. I agree Lydia, we must remind ourselves to live in the moment. I love dust quote! #lifethisweek

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  14. Being more present in the present is something I try to practise more and more. Your post is one big reminder that the only time we have is now.
    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek Next week's optional prompt: April Is About. Denyse

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