Seeking more memories

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Learning comes from memories.

Sometimes it is the little things. Those observations resonate with human attraction for the memoir. Classically these are organised into chronological order, but why be conventional? Having written about my early college experience, a friend I had not seen for years contacted me. We talked for nearly 2 hours, and he shared so many anecdotes I wondered why he had not submitted or written them up. He had been at the same educational college that I had attended and remembered those small events at the time, which may have resonated with the simple actions. These actions can make us laugh and remind us positively just how far we have travelled. Seeking out memories reminds us of success following failure. Learning comes from those memories that allow us to reflect and improve. 

Failure to record

Alan Borthwick, emeritus professor formerly at Southampton University, was, without doubt, one of our top social reflectionists with many publications and a PhD thesis to his credits. We discussed podiatry with a passion because of the difficult stages toward professionalisation. Alan generously reviewed my work, but his comment could equally have applied to any diarist. “This story serves as a message to any young professional with a mission, for it shows that, despite the day to day challenges and the competing demands  of family and career, perseverance and patience brings rewards.” Review in full.

One of the problems with lack of reflection or recording events is that memories soon become discombobulated. If it was never recorded, it never happened. Since time immemorial, man has told stories to friends, family which have been passed on. My late father told many stories with uncanny repetition, but they stuck, and I know I have to record and pass these on. Mostly we do this verbally, but the altered nature of conversation can change the accuracy. Perhaps well-known publications such as the Christian Bible altered over the centuries while Shakespeare perhaps remains more faithful. Stories remembered years later and recorded are never as valuable as those recorded contemporaneously.

Act Now

To record your story, no matter how long or short, write to me by e-mail at davidt@busypencilcase.com, and I will publish it on this site. At least you have options. Leave a little bit of you behind, and who knows, if we have enough, we could write another book together?


Thanks for reading ‘Seeking more memories’ by David R Tollafield 

Published 4th April 2021
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