Try to Remember
I’ve been thinking about this song lately. We can have some fantastic weather days here in September. I remember that September 11, 2001, was one of those days. The sky was blue and clear, the humidity was low, the sun was shining. Of course, we all know what happened that day. Soon the weather was all but forgotten. For those in New York City, the sun could not even be seen through the dust. Hard times make us forget.
But as the song says, “Deep in December it’s nice to remember
the fire of September that made you mellow.
Deep in December our hearts should remember then follow.”
The Difference Between Selective Memory and Choice
I’m not talking about ignoring what you’d rather not think about. Brushing things under the rug does not help us deal with life. And, well, we have to deal. Stuff happens. Thinking about all this is what prompted me to write about adversity making us stronger in my book, Annie’s Stories—I don’t know, maybe I write that into all my stories? It is certainly a theme in Sofia’s Tune. Learning from past mistakes is critical, but focusing on them is a different story. And wallowing in them leads us to think that’s all there is in life. But that’s not true. There are Septembers, sunshine, blue skies.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Phillipians 4:8 KJV