May 3

Reflection

Our memories are reservoirs of our life stories. Memory can help us to learn from the past.  We cannot live in memories alone but they can enable us to make better choices. They can help effect for us the fullness of our present life and enable our growth for the future. Every new insight or opportunity cannot be embraced thoughtlessly, but to be stuck in the past and refuse to be open to new discoveries is death dealing. The essential key to a wholesome life is a balanced and integrated perspective.

Prayer

O God, Spirit of Wisdom, help me to remember what will make me whole and to let go of what may impede my growth.

Action

I will try to see “something new” that God is opening for me today.

Suggested Reading

No need to recall the past,
No need to think about what was done before.
See, I am doing a new deed,
Even now it comes to light: can you not see it?
Isaiah 43: 18- 19

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.
Oscar Wilde

We do not remember days; we remember moments.
Cesare Pavase

I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future.
David Gerrold 

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened.
T.S. Eliot

My memories are inside me – they’re not things or a place – I can take them anywhere.
Olivia Newton-John

It is surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.
Barbara Kingsolver

No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.
Louis L’Amour

Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories.
Jesse Jackson 

When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old.
Bill Clinton

We must always have old memories and young hopes.
Arsene Houssaye

 

 

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