May 20

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

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“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” Elie Wiesel

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

It’s surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. Barbara Kingsolver
Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved. Thomas Fuller
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. Helen Keller
Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Arthur M. Schlesinger

The place where you felt happiest or safest: As I pack up my home of the last 25 years and ready myself for the next phase of my life, I am flooded with lots of memories. Memories of those early days in my marriage when we were expecting our twins and had just bought our first home. Memories of our toddlers tearing through the house as deer and other wildlife strolled across our property; many of them hanging out for a while to feast on my lovingly tended garden.  Memories of celebrations, graduations, resolutions and dissolution. There are good, not so good, and a few sad memories we carry throughout our lives and our homes share them with us, nurture us through all the changes, and offer us a sense of security we all crave. We cherish the good ones, erase or conveniently banish the bad ones, and tuck away the secrets that stay in the dark recesses of our being until we let them go. Memory is a fascinating subject because it is our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain Our brain is our key repository of memories and it can be as selective as we are picky. We have short and long term memory banks and we often reach for memories that have a special hold on us. Home is where I have felt happiest and safest. It is my place of respite and my family is and has always been a key factor in that equation.

As I contemplate my own journey down memory lane, I invite you to pause and reflect on your own. Do your recollections jibe with those of others around you? Do you have triggers that bring back floods of memories for you? I have to admit that food is a great trigger for me. Food is a great connector and I bet most of us have great memories of foods we enjoyed as kids; these could be favorite meals that always touched our hearts, special dishes that were made for important occasions or just the many memories of pleasurable comfort foods that nurtured us over the years.

When I think about food that reminds me of the past, the first two food items that dance before my eyes are ice cream and plantains. Now, those who know me up close know that fried plantains are my favorite food on this planet. It is the ultimate comfort food and it holds dear memories of days when I was much younger and, home sick from school, my parents would ask what I wanted to eat — I always said plantains. I love them ripe and sweet and fried perfectly without being oily or greasy. The trick is to fry them when they have turned a mustard yellow shade and in heated oil that isn’t too hot. Ice cream, especially vanilla ice cream, was a treat mainly because my Mom forbade sweets in our home. My siblings and I would run after the Ice cream truck with money collected from various aunts and uncles. We’d buy our treats and eat them quickly before heading back home; our sweet secret tucked away and our mouths wiped clean of any tell tale signs. I still love vanilla ice cream but, of course, nowadays there are far too many sophisticated flavors to choose from and I have added coffee and pistachio ice cream to my list of favorites. What food memories do you remember?
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Memory Lane by Ernestine Northover
Do you ever hear a haunting refrain,
Which takes you back to that moment again,
When memories flow and scenes are set,
And you, once more, relive the time you met.
How perfect, were those days back then,
Those days of romance, and the instant, when
Love hit you with a painful jolt,
And exquisite pain, you didn’t want to halt,
And playing along was a haunting refrain,
So let it now take you, down memory lane.
© Ernestine Northover via

Childhood by Rainer Maria Rilke
It would be good to give much thought, before
you try to find words for something so lost,
for those long childhood afternoons you knew
that vanished so completely –and why?

We’re still reminded–: sometimes by a rain,
but we can no longer say what it means;
life was never again so filled with meeting,
with reunion and with passing on

as back then, when nothing happened to us
except what happens to things and creatures:
we lived their world as something human,
and became filled to the brim with figures.

And became as lonely as a sheperd
and as overburdened by vast distances,
and summoned and stirred as from far away,
and slowly, like a long new thread,
introduced into that picture-sequence
where now having to go on bewilders us. via famouspoetsandpoems

Excerpt from Memory by Anne Bronte
Sweet Memory! ever smile on me;
Nature’s chief beauties spring from thee,
Oh, still thy tribute bring!
Still make the golden crocus shine
Among the flowers the most divine,
The glory of the spring… via famouspoetsandpoems


“We are what we remember. If we lose our memory, we lose our identity and our identity is the accumulation of our experiences.” Erik Pevernagie

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde
Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. Khalil Gibran
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. Tennessee Williams
Karma, memory, and desire are just the software of the soul. It’s conditioning that the soul undergoes in order to create experience. And it’s a cycle… Deepak Chopra


What you thought you were going to be when you grew up?: I remember quite vividly of a visit to the doctor’s office as a kid and how impressed I was by the care and consideration the nurses, doctors and staff gave to everyone there. I remember visiting teaching hospitals and listening to my Mom discuss treatments and advances in patient care with the staff. I found it all quite intriguing and loved the cleanliness of the buildings, the determined looks on the faces of the staff as they scurried along heading to the next urgent care patient, and of course, I loved the scrubs and nurses uniforms. As a sick kid, I was grateful that they tended to my aches and pains, and a longing grew in my heart to one day become a doctor. I often mentioned it to friends and family and would always declare it as my when-I-grow-up job in school. Some cheered me on, others scoffed at my dream and, with time, the arts dominated my life and pushed the sciences into a corner. Sometimes, I wonder if I had pursued that dream where it would have led me. My siblings and a few friends still tell me it is never too late and that there are many areas of the medical field one can pursue… but the fire has turned from a flame to a flicker.  I love medical research and the breakthroughs in the field that help people with all sorts of illnesses survive. I admire the world of medicine and those who do good works to help patients and it is a field that still captivates me in so many ways.

Our childhood fears: I don’t know about you but, I have never been fond of bugs, horror movies or darkness. Oddly enough, these childhood fears have followed me into adulthood and I’m seriously not embarrassed to admit that. Bugs were always scary to look at and while some of my playmates thought it was fun to pick up worms, I had zero interest in any of that stuff. Horror movies always gave me nightmares and I would have flashbacks of scenes from such movies for days. Have I seen my share of them? Of course, I saw The Exorcist and that put me in bed for a week. As I got older, I simply stopped watching them. I just don’t care to be scared by such movies. Darkness outside is not bothersome, I just don’t like being in dark rooms. I sleep with a nightlight on and I always have a soft light on at home. I don’t know what’s behind that fear but, I do remember that, as a child, one of the homes we owned and lived in was haunted by ghosts.  They would come into our bedroom at night and hover at the foot of our bed but never attacked us. My Mom called a priest to bless the house after we shared our stories with her and that soon stopped happening.  What are your childhood fears?
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Memory Lane by Joseph T. Renaldi
As I sat on the glider on the front porch
And watched the attractive twilight glow,
I took an imaginary trip down memory lane
And envisioned the colorful flowers in a row.

The aroma of perfume from the flowering shrubs,
The scent of the freshly cut grass,
The fragrance from the assortment of flowers,
All mingled in an identifiable mass.

I heard the rousing voices of children,
How carefree and excited they seem.
I heard the clanging of a distant bell
As I continued my journey to fulfill my dream.

I heard the mourning dove cooing
And an owl hooting on the nearby hill.
I heard a variety of birds chirping,
Interrupting my dream that finally became nil.via

Memory Of Sun by Anna Akhmatova
Memory of sun seeps from the heart.
Grass grows yellower.
Faintly if at all the early snowflakes
Hover, hover.

Water becoming ice is slowing in
The narrow channels.
Nothing at all will happen here again,
Will ever happen.

Against the sky the willow spreads a fan
The silk’s torn off.
Maybe it’s better I did not become
Your wife.

Memory of sun seeps from the heart.
What is it? — Dark?
Perhaps! Winter will have occupied us
In the night. via famouspoetsandpoems

First Memory by Louise Gluck
Long ago, I was wounded. I lived
to revenge myself
against my father, not
for what he was–
for what I was: from the beginning of time,
in childhood, I thought
that pain meant
I was not loved.
It meant I loved. via famouspoetsandpoems


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“Maybe the idea of the world as flat isn’t a tribal memory or an archetypal memory, but something far older — a fox memory, a worm memory, a moss memory.” Mary Oliver

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane
Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. Ingrid Bergman
Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. Lionel Hampton
Everything you do, every thought you have, every word you say creates a memory that you will hold in your body. Phylicia Rashad
Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day. Grandma Moses

Rekindled Memories: Is there something you wish you could get your hands on now? I believe that memories are our treasure box from a life lived … and we should cherish them. If I could go back in time, I would love to do a few things but these two are paramount: Reconnect with the Bates family and Record my family history through the eyes of my maternal and paternal grandmothers. Mr & Mrs Bates were my first parents in England. After my birth, my mother became gravely ill and couldn’t take care of me and my siblings. My dad was working towards his accounting degree in London, and he couldn’t manage two little kids and a baby on his own. So, he hired our foster family who took my sister and me into their beautiful cottage in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex and raised us like  their own kids. They were a loving and kind elderly couple with grown children, and my memories of time spent with them for the first 4-5 years of my life were filled with happy events and lots of laughter. We lost touch when my parents took us back and we relocated to Nigeria.

My grandmothers were powerful and dynamic women who would have had stellar careers if they had lived in a different time but, they achieved great things in their households and raised families of strong headed and determined children. I wish I had the opportunity and the clarity of mind to speak with them about our ancestral history and to record their perspectives on the role of women in society. I was in college in the US when my paternal grandmother died, and even though I have great memories of my interactions with her, I feel I missed an opportunity to tape her views. The same can be said for my maternal grandmother whose youthful genes the women in our family seem to have inherited. She lived well into her nineties with a straight back, a clear mind, and a swagger that would put any twenty year old to shame. She was fierceness personified.  Ahhh…  the walk down memory lane is a fascinating one. What memories were rekindled for you today? Do share.
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When Memory is full by Emily Dickinson
When Memory is full.
Put on the perfect Lid —
This Morning’s finest syllable.
Presumptuous Evening said —

A Memory of June by Claude McKay
When June comes dancing o’er the death of May,
With scarlet roses tinting her green breast,
And mating thrushes ushering in her day,
And Earth on tiptoe for her golden guest,

I always see the evening when we met–
The first of June baptized in tender rain–
And walked home through the wide streets, gleaming wet,
Arms locked, our warm flesh pulsing with love’s pain.

I always see the cheerful little room,
And in the corner, fresh and white, the bed,
Sweet scented with a delicate perfume,
Wherein for one night only we were wed;

Where in the starlit stillness we lay mute,
And heard the whispering showers all night long,
And your brown burning body was a lute
Whereon my passion played his fevered song.

When June comes dancing o’er the death of May,
With scarlet roses staining her fair feet,
My soul takes leave of me to sing all day
A love so fugitive and so complete. via famouspoetsandpoems

A Memory Of Youth by William Butler Yeats
The moments passed as at a play;
I had the wisdom love brings forth;
I had my share of mother-wit,
And yet for all that I could say,
And though I had her praise for it,
A cloud blown from the cut-throat North
Suddenly hid Love’s moon away.

Believing every word I said,
I praised her body and her mind
Till pride had made her eyes grow bright,
And pleasure made her cheeks grow red,
And vanity her footfall light,
Yet we, for all that praise, could find
Nothing but darkness overhead.

We sat as silent as a stone,
We knew, though she’d not said a word,
That even the best of love must die,
And had been savagely undone
Were it not that Love upon the cry
Of a most ridiculous little bird
Tore from the clouds his marvelous moon. via famouspoetsandpoems
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Five Posts to Write Right Now


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Positive Motivation Tip: Memories are our treasure box from a live lived… cherish yours

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  • I love a bit of nostalgia and there is no better feeling then taking a trip down memory lane. All of those wonderful feelings come flooding back!

  • Good or bad, every memory is to be treasured. 2ndly, I love these poems you have posted here and I love Oscar Wilde.

  • Packing can definitely bring up a lot of memories!! I know it always makes me feel emotional!

  • Thank you for sharing these lovely poems. I felt a wave of nostalgia as I read them, and made me miss the fun times of my teenage years.

  • Thanks for sharing, it`s funny but now you mention it, I do not remember the place where I felt safest, safe yes but there are always issues,will I manage this, how will this come to pass etc then I realize I`ve never really felt safe because to me, safety and security is one and the same.

  • Beautiful words to describe memory! Really what are we without it?? I try to enjoy every day and savor the moments but some days with tantrums of toddlers its hard lol but one day it’ll just be a memory and I’ll miss it I’m sure!

  • I actually do mine with photo albums. What a privilege to have them really. You can learn from them and use those knowledge for the future really.

  • I love this post, as I read it, it has me going down memory lane, as well. Great post that really got me thinking.

  • Memories are the best treasure of life.Love reading you posts.This one is awesome too.

  • Thank you for this inspirational piece. Sometimes we don’t realize how much time has gone by.

  • Thank you for stating what you used to make the badge, I’ve been meaning to try out picmonkey. And indeed the idea of a flat world might be older, I liked that one.

  • There were moments in my childhood where I had it pretty rough. But most of it was a happy memories with my family. So happy remembering some of the stuff I liked before I grew up.

  • Wow that is a big deal to make that transition from a place you have lived for 25 years. All the best for the next wonderful chapter of your life.

  • William Butler is one of my favorite, and I personally love all his poems.

    Thanks for the fantastic quotations.

  • I agree, memories are so precious. That’s why whenever I got to eat something very delicious and beautiful, I always take a photo of it to retain its memory.

  • I find myself traveling down memory lane a lot, especially now that I’m older. I’ll hear different songs and I think back to my best friend and I being 16 year old kids listening to music. Or I’ll smell something and it reminds me of my childhood. It’s truly astonishing how a smell or song can trigger a ton of memories.

  • I went down memory lane this past weekend. I am also packing to move. Right now going through boxes and bins. I came across a bin from my childhood. It had my 2 favorite stuffies in them. My mom and I just sat and enjoyed the moment reflecting. It is so important to do. I am so thankful I had a wonderful childhood to reflect on!

  • I always dreaming of about my past. I don’t know what it means but it gives me so much memory that reminds me of my childhood. I was so happy reminiscing my childhood days.

  • I really love the subject of this motivational monday blog 😍 I’ts relly magical how memories contribute in our lives and really helps to shape our personality,whether it is good or bad ❤ But we chose to cherish every moment we lived and keep it in our minds to remind us of how far we’ve come ❤

  • I have a lot of happy and sad memories and I think those are really me. They made me who I am today so whatever it is, I need to be thankful for those memories I made.

  • Look back, I never thought I would be where I am. we definitely imagine adulthood very differently when we are younger. I love the poems.

  • Always love your posts. The poetry, the stories, the pictures. It’s a nice break in my week.

  • Sometimes I don’t like traveling down memory lane but everything you posted was beautiful. I loved the Excerpt from Memory by Anne Bronte!

  • I think we all remember things differently! When I talk to my siblings about things that happened when we were younger, they often remember a completely different thing! So interesting how our memory works!

  • It’s wild when you look back and realize just how far you and your family have come. Always love a stroll down memory lane!

  • I love all the poems from this post! This whole post made me think about my memories and how I never really thought I would be where I am today when I was younger.

  • Building memories is like putting on a perfect picture because that’s what will we always look back to.

  • Such a beautiful post. Really loved the depth of the words. Keep motivating. You have such a lovely page. ❤️

  • Memories are precious and very important for any person. They build who we are.

  • I can’t imagine the emotions you must be feeling packing up the place you have lived for 25 years. It sounds like you have so many great memories there. I know how I felt leaving the first place my husband and I got together. We were only just dating at the time, and had only lived there for 8 months. It wasn’t that I was in love with the place…in reality, it wasn’t that great of a place. But it was definitely the memories that were created there and the emotional attachment.

  • It is so important to stop every now and then to look back and say “Wow, look at what I have accomplished.”

  • I always feel safest when I am at home with my Mom. I feel like when she’s around, I’ll be okay. I can survive anything and nothing can permanently harm me.

  • I can say that I have one of the best childhood memories and if only I was a given a chance, I don’t wanna grow old and would love to those days.

  • Walking down memory lane can be a great thing and it can also be painful at times. However, one must learn to look back so that they can also move forward.

  • I like keeping memories of people that I loved and loved me back. It’s too bad, they are all from my childhood and far away from me now. 😢

  • Moving to a different country left me with so many memories of the place where I grew up. My parents are back there now, and I can’t wait to visit after 15 years, it will sure be a trip down memory lane.

  • This is so beautiful and made me tear up of happiness. I cherish every one of my memories, they are part of me and part of who i am as a person today. Beautiful post.

  • I love this post and especially the quote “Happiness is good health and a bad memory” – (Ingrid Bergman) that is completey true.

  • So so so so so many memories in my life – we all have them, of course… I have lived in so many different places that sometimes I even forget that I have done X Y and Z. But it’s a great exercise to pause/take a minute and reflect on those life moments that really shape who you are!

  • Talking a walk down memory lane can be delightful, but it can also be a stressful and terrible. Our memories are what help make us who we are though so both good and bad are essential.

  • leaving your family home is so hard and 25 years?! I can’t even image. We never stay put for long but its really about the memories isn’t it? more than the place, its all those memories we make there. those memories are tied to those places and it makes it so hard to leave. leaving my parents 6 years ago when I got married was a really hard move. leaving my sisters and parents and venturing into the unknown.

  • MMh. I agree that it is so nice to reflect and be grateful for the good old times. Thanks for sharing

  • Such a great post. I really love the memories of the people who are not with us anymore. Luckily old people have cameras before already,it is not colored but it’s clear though.

  • Great post and motivation! It’s always so important to look back and reflect on the past

  • We just moved recently and it was crazy the emotions I had as we were about to move out. It was a place we had been planning on leaving since we moved into but I was still so attached to it. It’s so crazy!

  • This post made me smile and sad at the same tine. It took me back to my childhood memories. My first home, my childhood friends. And its sad to note that i have not seen my childhood friends in a long time and we sold our old house already.

  • I appreciate my memories, even the bad ones. They make me the person I am to day and the happy ones are the ones I’ll cherish for a lifetime

  • Oscar Wilde said it well when he said memories are our diaries. Very nice memories you have shared.

  • I love that proustian moment of involuntary memory when I eat some typical food from my childhood and it brings back a flood of memories. These are some inspiring poems. Your articles always put me in a positive mood. Thanks!

  • Memories are so important to be kept, so glad it can be posted to social media, copies are well secured.

  • I remember finding all of my old stuff when I had to move! It was such a bittersweet experience. Thanks for sharing all those poems about memory

  • You really never know how important a moment is until it later pops up as a memory! All the little moments I treasure:)

  • Oh, my! I was just talking with my husband about songs that bring us way back down memory lane and now I read this. It’s like you’re reading my mind. Thanks for sharing this!

  • I love the poems in this post. I can only hope that i have build good memories with my children so that when I am gone, they will remember all the nice things we shared together.

  • So many beautiful words all about memory. It is something we carry with us always. I love all the poetry here. It has to be strange to pack up the home you have been for 25 years and move on to a different phase of life. I just want to hold on to the memories with my daughter.

  • Growing up food was a big part of our family celebrations and thus many of my memories include the special dishes that we only got at those times.

  • What a wonderful insight indeed! I enjoyed reading the article. Keep on sharing please! 🙂

  • Just today I was sitting here reminded of a song. Baby Mine from Dumbo. My daughter would climb into my lap everytime she heard it and make me rock her. She watched Dumbo probably 10 times a day at the time. She was 2-3 when she did this. Now she is 13 and it certainly brought tears to my eyes. Missing our times together when she was younger, but also so proud of the young lady she is becoming.

  • Oh, memories, they truly are a bitter-sweet thing – and incredibly powerful when it comes to emotions.

  • I absolutely love these, it’s always a treat! The poem, A Memory Of Youth by William Butler Yeats is also a favourite. It reminded me of a friend who had it printed and stuck on her wall.

  • I often times like to go down memory lane myself. Thinking on the good things, reminiscing on where I came from to where I am now is a good reminder to keep going.

  • Memory is such a mysterious thing. Sometimes, the most unexpected, seemingly forgotten things will come to mind at the most random times, and then other times, I can’t remember my children’s name– (I have five, LOL). I’ve been told that our brain never forgets, but with as much as we experience daily and from year to year– I wonder.

  • Memories are one reason I’ve always loved photos. And photos usually are taken during good times. Memories really are the best souvenirs of life

  • I completely agree with you memories are everlasting bond which keeps us going. The world is incomplete without memories.

  • I love the Childhood poem by Rilke. Memories are so important and I think it creates a foundation for our future. Love the quotes you select for your posts as always.

  • I enjoy reading your article. I’ve learned a lot from it. Memory is so important to oneself and you are definitely losing your identity if you lose it.

  • I love taking a walk down memory lane. Loved the inspiration in this post, the poems are so inspiring.

  • My food trigger down memory lane is bacon and eggs! my dad use to make that a lot of me as a kid and even as an adult and we would have wonderful talks over breakfast.

  • This is a great post indeed about memories.I believe everything good or bad we experience in our life brings us into another memory. We just need to cherish our memories no matter where we end up.

  • Life is a wonderful memories. It’s a matter of perspective and state of mind so we’ve gotta make the best of it.

  • It’s always good to go down memory lane. I did that this weekend with some nieces and cousins! It was so good to catch up!

  • This is all facts! Appreciating every moment and making Memories is part of what makes the world go round.

  • What beautiful poetry. Some amazing choices. I was particularly struck by your quote from Elie Wiesel. He reminded us that our memories are part of history and that we must guard them closely otherwise they slip away.

  • A thought provoking article. As we go through life we have so many memories and some we tend to remember more than the others. I have a strong memory of some of the foods my mum use to make, I can’t remember the first time my kids spoke a word, sad memories are etched in my brain and some good memories are there to cherish forever.

  • Our memory is amazing! When I travel, I spend my time staring and observing my surrounding, rather than snapping pictures first. I let my mind absorbs it first, to make me feel more familiar.

  • Good read. I like living in the present more than in the past. My memories of childhood aren’t that great. Those who do have awesome memories from childhood should consider themselves lucky.

  • indeed, people who are nostalgic about their earlier lives have more of a positive outlook towards their future!

  • When I first moved I felt the same way. I thought a lot about the memories that I had there and honestly I was worried I would forget everything! But once I got over the hurdle of doing it and getting into our new place, I was okay. And I still have all of my great memories!

  • Memories can be so bitter sweet in nature. ” Memory Lane ” is a beautiful poem.

  • Childhood by Rainer Maria Rilke is a nice poem to contemplate. The prose is really nice. “The long childhood afternoons that vanished so completely” really resonates.

  • I struggle with my memories, mostly because I sometimes feel so nostalgic that I want to crawl back in and sometimes never return. You have to be careful!

  • The inspriation that you bring in this post is so moving, It give me the motivation to get things done when monday rolls around.

  • Happy memories are what inspires us to continue in modern life where trials and tribulation tests us in every moment of our existence.

  • It’s always great to take a walk down memory lane, especially to feel those great feelings of nostalgia and happiness from what all those great memories have had

  • Great article. reading it made me reflect more on my past and took me down memory lane. Memories are so important and if we ever lost them we would lose who we are.

  • Memory lane has to be with my kids and best friend. I live in a country that feels really lonely sometimes. I rely on memories to get me by.

  • I really like the poem First Memory by Louise Gluck. It is the one of the few poems if not the only one listed here that seems to touch on bad memories. And bad memories, should also be acknowledged.

  • Like the name of the website your posts are always motivational… And the best thing is you have huge content!

  • Thank your dear reader for making your way here! Please pause and think about what you can add to keep this conversation on a high level. You are here… make it matter. Please don’t thank me for sharing. Let me do the thanking. Don’t tell me great post either… that’s what all the lazy thinking spammers say, and your comment will end up in my spam box. Think about the post you see and respond to its content. I will always do the same for you… Let’s respect our blog visits with each other. Stay encouraged and Thank You! <3 🙂

  • This was quite a deep and revealing post. Memory can be a tricky thing. For me, I like to think back to most childhood memories. I’ve learned a great deal about myself by looking back at how far I’ve come. On the flip side, I’ve learned that some people I love have repressed memories, subconsciously, as they cannot handle the reality they went through. I feel it is how some of us cope with terrible experiences. I really appreciate this post!

  • I just love how you teach others with your writings, perfectly stated sentences, full of emotions. Those memories of your children when they were young and how you talk about them simply speak through you, make me think of you as a perfectly organized mom, educated and loves to spread her education on her children.

    Anyhow, lately mi biggest memories run all over my head and they are all about the house I used to be living, where my grandparents, parents and my brother still live. How it all changed! The backyard. Where it was the attack, now is my borther’s full home. His terraces where I used to do yoga in the mornings, during the University days when I got back home for the weekends. And I love the “attack” that turned out to be a home now even more! My little brother, who turned out to be more mature than I am. 🙂

  • I love to take strolls down memory lane. It’s nice to remember good times. I never stay there, though. It’s too easy to get trapped in the past. But it’s a nice place to visit from time to time.

  • Yyeeaahhhh….I always have something triggering me. Most especially, the sight or smell of alcohol. It usually reminds me of the time I did abuse alcohol and a favourite uncle of mine who passed away from a drink-driving related death.

  • It is amazing how we sometimes grow out of our childhood fears, but I am like you, I am still terrified of most bugs. I can stand them a bit more, but still hate them, lol.

  • I had to move across the world when I turned 18 in order to help support my family (and myself) so I often find myself down memory lane. I miss my country and family so much! I often daydream about the food too, remembering how delicious and ‘home’ it all felt like. Plantains are a fave dish there too. 🙂 We barbecue them.

  • It truly is amazing how places, things, food, music, scents and so on can really bring powerful memories to the surface. Like going back in time for just a moment. Reflecting on the goodness we have to be grateful for is always lovely ♡

  • I’ve always thought about what I wanted to be when I got older, and I’ve yet to truly find that answer.

  • This is such a great post about “Memory”. I’m very interested to read more about it. Great poem too!

  • The poem memory lane listed here certainly reminds you that memories can be good and they can also be haunting. I have come to enjoy reading the lovely poems that accompany these posts!

  • I have been having some pretty big hits of memory lane lately. We are painting a room, and it reminds me of dad.

  • So lovely of you to hold motivational Monday. A great way to start the week positively and on a great note.

  • It’s always a good thing to take some time to savor your memories. That’s what life is all about.

  • I get exactly what you mean about food being a trigger for good and bad memories . Chocolate give you that feel good factor and if I smell a good I hated as a child I want to get out the area I am in as soon as possible

  • Ice cream memories! I have a bunch of those for sure! Vegan strawberry ice cream in a chocolate vanilla cone, melting too fast, so delicious, so carefree!

  • I love looking through memories and being able to relive all the wonderful (and sometimes sad) times in life. My family have been scrapbookers for as long as I can remember, so we are all about preserving the memories. So much so, that I was also on the PTO for my son’s elementary school as their yearbook coordinator, too. I can’t imagine how many things you came across packing up a house of that long, but I’m sure there were lots of happy and sad tears.

  • One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.

  • Memory lane is such an interesting thing to go down. I hope your move goes well!
    I have a few childhood fears that have followed me as well and it’s interesting working through them sometimes.

  • Memories are a very important part of our past. They shape who we are. I really enjoyed reading your post, as it has given me much inspiration. Thank you!

  • I try to live everyday keeping the memory of my parents alive in my heart and mind. It is so difficult to face everyday knowing that I no longer have parents to talk to, parents to comfort me when I am sad or anxious. I try to think of happy thoughts when they were still alive, but somehow, the memories that come to my mind is when they were on their deathbed. It just makes me more sad. 🙁 The memories of growing up in their love and care are so precious to me that they are my guiding force to wake up and keep my head up as I go through this journey of life.

  • These are great ideas for Motivation Mondays! I love sharing on National Holidays!

  • One thing that reminds me of my childhood is when I see mango trees. We made so many memories as children with my cousins up those trees, falling from them, sharing and laughing.

  • When I go down memory lane my happy safe place is my childhood home. It has such fond memories!

  • I loved reading this Elizabeth! I agree with the central idea, memory is very important for human culture and for our everyday life!. In my home country, when the democracy was well established after years of dictatorship, a museum was built with the History of those terrible years in a building that was used by the regime for illegal detention and torture of citizens. It was called “Museo de la Memoria” the Museum of Memory.

  • I agree with you when you said that memories are treasure boxes. Growing up, my parents made sure I had the best childhood. These are definitely memories I wouldn’t trade for anything!

  • Beautiful poetry over which it is worth to lean longer, the most I like the words of Emily Dickinson. Perfect for a moment of reflection

  • I think we all have our own personality, unique and distinctive, and at the same time, I think that our own unique and distinctive personality blends with the wind, with the footsteps in the street, with the noises around the corner, and with the silence of memory, which is the great producer of ghosts.

  • Woah it must be tough to move away from a place that has been home for so long! But it will stay in your heart as memories forever ♥️ And then you’ll make new memories.

  • I’ve really enjoy reading article from this blog. It really motivates us in such many ways and they are truly a fact that we can use in reality.

  • Thank you for the walk down memory lane! Whenever I hear certain phrases, smells, or songs -I am taken back to another point in my life. The taste of smores takes me to camping as a kid. Great read!

  • WoW goodluck on the big move Liz. hope it goes off without a hitch. I have a terrible memory, i forget things so so easily especially old memories. But the big ones, the ones filled with emotion are the ones you always remember.

  • Memories and life lessons go hand in hand. They are our guides to make better choices in the present time.

  • Mermories are priceless treasures that only our minds can hold. I can only hope that I have made a lot of good ones for my kids to remember me by when it is time for me to meet my God.

  • Memories are such a beautiful thing and I love going through photos to share and talk about them. Best of luck on your move.

    • Thank you… we have settled in now to a beautiful place of my dreams. Grateful to God.

  • My family has always been very careful with our family memories and preserving them. Holding onto those memories are all we have of the past. It’s amazing, when you’re packing up a room or a house or just doing a deep-cleaning how much memorabilia you can come across.

    • It does bubble up as you sort through personal items long forgotten. 🙂

  • There is just something nice about reminiscing. Ugh. Can’t explain it in words but I really appreciate the times we can do it through photos and other mediums..

  • Memories are something that no one can steal from us. It shapes us to who we are today. What triggers my memories the most are usually places and songs.

  • It is so amazing to actually trace your path back and recall memories which we left behind. Each new phase of life starts with a new path and if you do try to trace your path, some old beautiful memories will come your way

  • This post really made me reminisce the times when my childhood fears were just simple and imaginative. It’s sometimes helpful to look back and be reminded of where you’ve come from to keep you grounded.

  • I love that you have shared everything from memories to fears. It’s not often people are so vulnerable.

  • This is so powerful. I especially love your entry about comparing what you remember with what others remember. Memory is a tricky thing. We often are SURE that certain things happen, when in fact, they really didn’t occur the way we remember them at all.

    • Sure… everyone can have a different perspective on the same story. Experience and memory are truly individualized.

  • Food triggers a lot of memories for me too. And smells. And the memories are so vivid it’s like I’m there!

  • “Memory is a dairy that we all carry”….that THAT stung me differently, I swear! I love it.

  • This is such an enlightening post as you ignite the memories for all your readers, the good, the bad and the ugly. I have a very strong memory. I was always acutely aware as a child and still am an adult. Memories of my childhood and of loved ones are most significant while reading this.

  • I love reminiscing on the past. There are so many wonderful memories to revisit when you need a little pick me up.

  • What a beautiful post. For me music can bring back memories of the past, like where I was or what I was going through at that time. Food can also be a trigger especially if it was something that my grandparent had made for me. I cant imagine the memories you have from 25 years in that one house. Memories are one of the greatest gifts of our lives.

    • Music is a great trigger for me too… I’ve written about that in my blog as well. true. 🙂

  • Often times my brain wanders down memory lane. I often think about when I was really little working with my parents.

  • This is an excellent piece because it reminds the readers how the venture down their own memory lanes. It really made me think deeply about how I went down my own memory lanes on and off during my life. Though, I don’t get nonstaglia due to a change, it was just times during the times where I would just sitting down and then a memory would come to mind. This post brings a deep thought but also brings that nonstaglic feeling.

  • Yes I have so many triggers that bring back memories. Usually songs or places. even at certain stoplights!

  • I had a big move a few years ago and went through a very nostalgic few weeks as I packed and let go of so many items. I like having physical reminders of memories.

  • It’s interesting that food can trigger memories. It never has for me. I will be more mindful when I eat!

  • Beautiful poems. I’m getting all nostalgic reading this post. So many scenes flashing before the eyes.

  • Thanks for sharing. I love to be able to think about times in the past, the good and the bad.

  • Food is a trigger for you, for me it’s smells. There is a hairspray that instantly transports me back to summer camp at school. Memories!!!

  • That’s a very beautiful post. I love reading your post they are so motivating to me.

  • Reflecting on the past can sometimes be sad but also bring some happy memories along with it. I love the quotes you picked!

  • You are a good writer you write about A Memory of June by Claude McDad this is my own poem please don’t laugh at me.. It was so raining when i wake up oh i found out am already in June.. May laugh at me because i was too lazy to say bye.. When i visited June his environment was so welcome oh my brother June reply welcome.. It was so amazing that June ask me to take a walk with him.. My sister it was a mission accompublish.. I was walking with june, and i saw a beautiful Garden fill with roses, and a melodious song was coming out of the Garden, i heard a bird singing you if Want to learn this song you will by me beer lol

  • This is a great message you have shared here. I am still a bit scared of bugs but then I remember I am an adult and have to take charge.

  • Memories are so strange! What i wanted and where I am are so different but I wouldnt change a thing because good or bad because it shaped me into who i am

  • What an excellent article to read. For me, good or bad memory is our guidance into our present lives up to the future.

  • Growing up, I thought I was going to be a dancer. Dancing was my happy place, and I excelled at it. I then grew up and wanted more than putting a smile on peoples faces. I respect dancers, I do, but I just wanted to impact people’s lives more. I still dance though, but as a hobby.

  • Memories are so very important to us. I know all kinds of foods do come to mind. I wouldn’t have thought about plantains, but they are delicious. Although I didn’t try my first one until fairly recently. Ice cream on the other hand I have lots of memories about.

    • I wonder why, right? A lot of us have memories of childhood ice cream experiences.

  • Agree to that, without memory, there is no culture, no society and no future. Through memories, we would be able to preserve the moments from the past.

  • yeah!! thanks for this lovely beautiful sharing, I recalled my memorable happy childhood esp when my grandma & late dad still around. All makes me a better person today

  • I appreciated the work that goes into all your posts, memories are so much a part of what makes us who we are.

  • I love memories and taking time to remember them. Thank you for the reminder to take a trip down memory lane!

  • Nice post! Remembering all my memories from my childhood makes me happy! Thank you for this

  • I look at pictures. I choose 5 I love from my past, and spend a few minutes on each writing down how I feel.

  • I struggle with memories because sometimes I miss the past so much. However our memories are what make us who we are.

  • wow, you stayed in one place for 25 years, no wonder you are spending some time walking down the memory lane. There is a lot to process there for sure. I am trying to think where we were 25 years ago – oh, yeah, stationed in Kansas, which was interesting, especially considering that before that I lived in Germany. What a culture shock that was! Blessings!

  • Walking down memory lane made me feel bittersweet. What’s important is that we learned from the past and we move forward with all those good and bad memories.

  • Each memory is important as it made us who we are. I absolutely LOVE the poem too, very nice fitting

  • Eating certain food definitely conjures up memories from my childhood. My tastes have changed so sometimes even thinking about my old favourites brings those memories back.

  • Memory does not only hold important knowledge about our lives and our personal attributes and traits; through mental time travel, episodic memory can also directly transport us into past, to the person that lived through our previous experiences, and into the future, to the person we are yet to become. I loved the poems and the way you have penned the article.

  • I always have fond memories of my parents. We traveled a lot as a family when I was young. Meal times were always enjoyable, my mom was a great cook! We’d talk about anything and everything during dinner and we’d sit down and watch a basketball game on TV or a good movie on the VCR (no Netflix yet back then). However, there are some memories that I wish would just disappear. If I would have selective amnesia, those unpleasant experiences would be the first ones I would like to forget.

  • I treasure all the memories i had from the past, and it all important because it will remind us of the things we experience before.

  • What a thought provoking post! It’s always nice to think of our fond memories and how things have changed since then. Memories are so important and really help shape us, thanks for sharing this post!

  • Reading this makes me reminisce my childhood memories. We’re the same, food for me is also a trigger. There’s a bunch of foods which I no longer eat now, but when I see, I remember my childhood. <3 What a treasure. It's good to look back…

  • I have good and bad memories but that is part of who I am. I really liked your poem you shared.

  • Going down memory lane is really interesting and refreshing. But yes good memories. I check my photo albums to do that and sometimes just sit and rack my brain. Loved the poems and as usual your articles are always interesting

  • I am about to move after 16 years. Two of my kids have never known any other home. It will be a tough time to leave because of all the great memories but also a great adventure into a new life. We are excited and sad at the same time. I know moving day will be crazy emotionally!

  • As a child I was actually afraid of people. I was only able to be around gentle souls. Fortunately I grew out of that one!

  • When we were young . . . those are the words that came to my mind after reading “My siblings and I would run after the Ice cream truck with money collected from various aunts and uncles.” My family and I use to do the same thing.

  • Memory is truly a wonderful thing, it embodies all that we are and the best of us as well.
    XO, MJ

  • I remember back in grade school when I visited my dentist, and how impressed I am for her work and dreamed of being like her. Fast forward, I couldn’t help but smile with that childhood dream.

  • Sometimes we take things for granted so it becomes just a memory. I remember this song from Carly Rae Jepsen “More than a memory.” It was a good song! We should always cherish each moments before it pass.

  • I think around the holidays is when my memories really resonate…good and bad! It is so important to reflect on them!!

  • hi
    this is a contemplative thought provoking post urging oneself to think back reflect and focus on self love and motivation. thanks for sharing

  • Our memories are what we are, what makes us make the decisions we make, act as we act and love as we love. We would be nothing without our memories!

  • Down the memory lane! Amazing such nostalgic moments you get lost into…