Memory

: the power or process of reproducing, recalling or recollection
: the store of things learned and retained
: commemorative remembrance

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Memory (n.): mid-13th century, “recollection (of someone or something); awareness, consciousness,” also “fame, renown, reputation,” from Anglo-French memorie and directly from Latin memoriamemory, remembrance, faculty of remembering,” noun of quality from memormindful,” from Proto-Indo-European root, mer-to remember” (Sanskrit smaratiremembers,” Avestan mimaramindful;” Greek merimnacare, thought,” mermeroscausing anxiety, mischievous, baneful;” Serbo-Croatian maritito care for;” Welsh marthsadness, anxiety;” Old Norse Mimir, name of the giant who guards the Well of Wisdom; Old English geminorknown,” murnanmourn, remember sorrowfully;” Dutch mijmerento ponder”). The meaning “faculty of remembering” is from late 14th century in English.

In the computer sense, “device which stores information,” is from 1946.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Touch has a memory.”

John Keats (1795-1821, one of the main second generation of English Romantic Poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, died a the age of twenty-five and only published fifty four poems)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/john-keats

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”

Marcel Proust (1871-1922, born Valentin Louis George Eugéne Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic and essayist, best known for writing Á la recherché du temps perdu, In Search of Lost Time, a seven-volume novel based on Proust’s life told psychologically and allegorically.)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Marcel-Proust

“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, author and humorist, wrote the classic American novels, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its sequel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/mark-twain-9512564

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

Cormac McCathy (b. 1933, American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for writing “No Country for Old Men” and the original screenplay, “The Counselor.”)

Bio Source:

www.cormacmccarthy.com/biography/

“There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, English novelist, considered the greatest writer of the Victorian era, best known for writing “Great Expectations,” “A Christmas Carol,” “David Copperfield,” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-Dickens-British-novelist

“The Greek word for ‘return’ is nostos. Algos means ‘suffering.’ So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”

Milan Kundera (b. 1929, Czech-born writer who went into exile in France in 1975 and became a naturalized French citizen in 1981, best known as the author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting,” and “The Joke.”)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/6343.Milan_Kundera

“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

Antonio Porchia (1885-1968, Italian-born Argentinian poet, wrote a Spanish book of aphorisms entitled, “Voces,” (“Voices”))

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/378433.Antonio_Porchia

Meditation

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

— Cormac McCathy

The great wise elder and teacher Maya Angelou once said, when we know better we do better.

Well, we have to do better, and we must do so, collectively.  We cannot afford to live in a continual state of oblivion and ignorance to these outputs of hate.  If we do, evil will spread like a virus around our world.

We must remember our true natures and that we are made from Love.

Our current events and daymares should wake us up, not only to the senselessness of killing innocent people, but to our own dark potentials. These horrific bombings emanating from darkness and cruelty are demonstrations that we are all susceptible to channeling hate.

It’s time we commit to activating love on every level possible and at every turn.  We must somehow give up our petty, stupid, and divisional agendas.

These oppositional attacks are so tough and so heartbreaking.  But, perhaps they exists because we are on an important precipice of breaking through some imbedded fear strongholds from our world’s past conflicts.  And maybe these attacks are attempts to pull us back into the dark ages.

Don’t do it.  Don’t go back into your corners.  Get angry and get ticked, if you must, but stay strong and committed in abiding in Love and Eternal Life.

It’s time to get to work and roll up our sleeves and pledge our commitment to The LIGHT.  This may mean talking with people who are different than ourselves, instead of isolating, alienating, and demonizing them.  We also must observe the pain and suffering we have inadvertently inflicted upon our bodies and our planet, and each other.

This is not the time to be weak, to look away or to stick our heads in the sand.  Our world can’t keep on like this.  We can’t hide, any longer.

In the meantime as we build our strength and resolve, please continue to send your prayers and loving thoughts to those in need around the world.   And let us continue to reach out and connect with each other in kind and meaningful ways.

Faithfully and Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

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