A couple of days ago I head a line on a TV show. Naturally, being memory guy I can’t remember which show it was to give credit.
The line was very short and went something like: “we are our memories”. My first reaction to hearing that was, nah, I am a lot more as a person than just my memories.
That line just keeps banging around in this empty head of mine. I know I am over simplifying this tremendously. When I am talking about “me” I am thinking of the real Bill, the one deep, deep down inside of me that the world doesn’t see.
How did I become the person I am today? By experiencing life both the good and the bad. There has been a lot of good, but I have had my share of the bad.
I was not born into this world as “Bill” the person I am today. Now here you can argue genetics and things like that and there are exceptions but every child is born almost as a blank slate ready to be taught the lessons of life that ultimately bring them to be the person they are today. What are lessons in life, they are experiences from which we learn, remember and grow from. Some of those lessons become ingrained in us to that they form who we are today.
I am not sure how well I am expressing this. As I sit here today, I think, my mind, my thought process is as it is because of memories. So I ask this, could it be said that at any specific point in time, the inner, the real me is nothing but a collection of memories?
Many will say, I am much more than a collection of memories, I think, I plan, I live today. All very true. I ask this, is not how you live today based on memories of lessons learned in the past. How you plan your tomorrow, your expectations of tomorrow, are they not really based on memories how things happened in the past?
Our thoughts create who we are as a person. Our thoughts are often created to be as they are from memories of the past. Our own thinking can so often be our very worst enemy as we tend to be harder on ourselves than on others???
As I have come to realize. We live our lives based on our thoughts. Our thoughts are based on our memories. The largest part of any-ones world is based on how they see it in their own heads. Our thoughts, our view of the world can be changed for the positive. Our experiences and memories create our thoughts today. Our thoughts today create our tomorrow. What are your thoughts today, do you want that to be your tomorrow.
I pray everyone has a positive thought filled day.