By Casey Grey
As humans, our memories are notoriously bad. We think we remember the details but our memory often plays tricks on us. For example, we may remember it the way we want to remember it, not the way it was.
How many times have you thought back on an event with somebody and you have different memories as to what happened?
If you disagree with me, then I'll speak for myself.
What did I do this past Monday? I couldn't tell you... Although if I look at my calendar I could figure it out for the most part.
What important conversations did I have? I couldn't tell you... But if I look at my notes I'll know that I wrote down the important parts.
This is the same for reading. I'll read an article or a book and think "that's great! I'll definitely remember that." But if I don't make a note of it, it's lost.
Is it in my subconscious? Perhaps. I've definitely had moments where I surprise myself. Like this quote for example:
"Memory is a matter of attention, not retention."
I couldn't tell you the name of the person I heard that from but I remember the quote. I was paying attention. I was focused.
But, for all I know, I already wrote about this... I just don't remember...
Remember, you won't remember everything...