Mindfulness – Memory Pockets

The older I get, the faster the days seem to pass. Once upon a time, the six-week school holidays seemed to stretch on forever, but now they seem to be over in the blink of an eye. My eldest will be 16 years old in a couple of weeks. He sits his GCSE exams this summer and will be off to sixth-form college in September. Before I know it, he will have left home altogether, and, in between visits, I’ll just have to make do with the memories we made together – plus the occasional whatsapp message, hopefully!

The most vivid memories I have from my life are those formed when I was intensely focused on the moment: the births of my children; the moment Mr Bowers finally popped the question; checking the results board at Uni to see what classification I’d been awarded. There are others memories too, littler but just as important: walking along various beaches, hunting for sea glass with my family; the hundreds of times I’ve washed my daughter’s hair in the bath; all the times we’ve sat at the dinner table, laughing at one of my husband’s jokes – I forget the jokes, but I remember the laughter. But there’s so much I’ve forgotten because I wasn’t fully present at the time. There are times when the kids will say: Mum, do you remember when [insert memory here], but I don’t remember it, probably because I wasn’t paying attention. I tell myself that they remember these things because they’re young and they’ve got fewer things to remember than I have!

Anyhoo … all this has been on my mind lately, so when I saw these little envelopes on sale in Home Bargains this week, I knew exactly what to do with them. I’m turning them into Memory Pockets to stick in my journal. I’ll add them to the pages with washi tape and when I have something I want to remember, I’ll put a keepsake in them to act as an aide memoir: a ticket stub, a car park ticket, a hand-written note … anything that will make me pause and remember and reinforce those memories in my mind. I’ll also use them as prayer prompts, to remind me to thank God for the making of those memories. Just knowing I have these pockets ready to go will remind me to pay closer attention to the everyday.

How about you? How do you make lasting memories?

Thanks for reading! See you soon. xxx

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