Memory Management: Prompt Poem, 4/10/2020

Memory Management

I’ve finally calculated the amount my head can hold—
sorted, classified and filed, folded, stacked or rolled.
It’s just enough to get me by and leave room there for me.
If you want to learn some more, you’ve got to leave space free.

Don’t jump to the conclusion I don’t prioritize.
One’s got to be selective in what they memorize.
Keep the best stuff handy in your mental cache.
Put some stuff on a higher shelf and throw away the trash.

Heads do not get bigger like hips and waists and ears,
so if you are forgetting things, let me calm your fears.
It’s nature’s way of making room for more important thought.
Emphasizing what we are, erasing what we’re not.

Prompts for today are finally, head, jump, cache and  amount.

10 thoughts on “Memory Management: Prompt Poem, 4/10/2020

  1. slmret

    Many years ago I worked at USC. A part of my job was carrying student loan checks 2 city blocks across campus from the financial aid office to the cashier’s office. I always put the checks in a folder so as not to be too obvious about what I was carrying (at some times of year, up to a million dollars of loan checks), and I always went when I knew that Sam, the security guard, would be at the corner. Often students would come up to me and ask if their loan checks had come in. My answer was always to suggest that they check with the Cashier’s Office, or with me when I returned to my office. I deliberately trained my memory to disremember whose checks were in the file. That now means that I don’t remember detail as well as I’d sometimes like to — appointment times, for example, or names and phone numbers, etc. I know where to find the information, but not the detail. I like your rationale that the memory lapses are a tool to make room for more important detail!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      We do train our minds. That’s one reason (other than you and other blogging friends) that I keep blogging. It makes my mind remember those specific processes–repeated and repeated–and keeps channels open in the brain.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Crystal. I think we make a mistake, sometimes, expecting ourselves to be exactly who we were at 40 or even 50. There is a reason for nature’s changes and some we need to stop fighting against. Not that we give up trying, but….we do need to accept the riches that each stage in life brings about. Camus touts the value of tending our own garden. Both age and this Corona Plague give us the excuse to do so.

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