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Emotion Locks in Memories

It seems to me that the experiences I remember are touched by emotion. Factual experiences are often forgotten, or dredged up only with effort. Unless documented for some specific reason, they fall into some brain file usually labeled "Open only in case of emergency.” Emotional experiences, however, are quite different. In fact, they sometimes hang around much to the detriment of the present moment.

For instance, I can’t remember off hand what my neighbor and I talked about last week when we ran into each other in the back yard, even though we chatted for a good twenty minutes. But I still remember the last speeding ticket I got like it happened this morning. I probably deserved it, but it was still a trap. It happened thirty-five years ago, and it still makes me mad! I go off on a tangent every time it floats up in my memory.

Nothing can be done about it now. The officers are probably long since retired. They have no idea what my feelings are toward them. My thoughts...

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Perspective Changes Perception

We are each unique. It doesn't matter if we're an only child or one of an octet. Our life story is a string of emotional moments that is different from anybody else’s. We meet different people. We’re faced with different challenges. Each experience prepares us for the next experience. How we react to the challenges makes us what we are at this moment.

We can change our life story by changing our perspective. Just because a certain result came from previous similar circumstances doesn't mean it always has to be that way. You often have a choice, even when you think there’s only one option available. Viewing the situation from a different outlook can change the outcome.

Change is definitely problematic for some people, and perhaps some small amount of fear is present even in the bravest folk when faced with something new. Maybe that's a good thing, forcing us to evaluate before charging ahead. However, fear that freezes us so that we can't face the challenge with...

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