Memory: Good or Not Good?

How is your memory? Your short term memory? Your long term memory?

Mine used to be VERY good, but has changed over the past 4 months, but with good reason. I tripped going UP the stairs in my home on October 12th and my left shoulder hit the stairs above followed by my chin and left jaw. Since then, I have issues with short term memory, concentration, word recall, and much more.

I am reading the book, Unlimited Memory by Grandmaster Kevin Horsley. In the first few pages it talks about his medical school days and trying to memorize lots of information. I like his quote: “Only if you can remember information can you live it.”

He states memory has been given a ‘bad’ name. Think cramming information into your brain and rote learning. Educators say, understanding is the key to learning, BUT how can you understand something if you cannot remember it?

Since my fall, my short-term memory at times is not the best. I used to be able to remember so much and now; forget it. It has improved over the past 4.5 months and I hope it will continue to improve. I miss the days where I retained information.

Now, I take photos of things, create lists, and refer to said list as needed when I realize I cannot remember something. I love to learn though and have made a point as my brain has been able: to read, challenge myself, learn new things, study, and more.

Part of this learning is a memory book. You too can have an unlimited memory! Very enticing. Now let’s see if it works.

I return to work in two weeks and I want to be able to retain information and serve my clients well. If I have to make lists that is okay, but I want to improve my memory and I know it can be done as the brain can relearn. Neuroplasticity proves this. Read about it.

The brain can start from ground zero and learn information; even the damaged part(s) will hook into other areas and take on the challenge. So, I will take on the challenge.

Ever find yourself grasping for a word? I do and I either eventually remember it or I choose a different word. Sometimes the word I originally wanted ‘pops’ into my head a few hours later when I no longer need the word-frustrating, but reality.

This quote says it all: “The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.” – Jim Rohan

To me, this means when trying to concentrate, be there fully focused on what you are learning-no distractions. ‘Where your attention goes, your energy flows…’ Concentration like anything takes practice. Brain research tells us the brain is consistently changing when we learn something new. Stay tuned for more updates…



2 thoughts on “Memory: Good or Not Good?

  1. rginsberg2 says:

    Wherever you are, be there! I like that quote and will remember (!) it. And yes, memory is important. There are so many ways to give it a boost whenever needed… Memory: good focus of your blogging attention.

    1. mswwrites says:

      Thank you Rea! I try to post on topics of interest to me, but also potential interest to my readers. Memory issues are not just related to older adults.

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