Am I Remembering Wrong?
Flustered, I sat fidgeting on my couch. The doubts were flooding in.
Did I or did I not?
Someone was questioning a specific incident in our mutual past. So I began questioning it, too.
Maybe it wasn’t like I had remembered?
As my memory wobbled, I wished it was instead like an airplane black box, the flight recorders that objectively document the history of a flight (they’re no longer black, btw, but bright orange).
Black boxes keep track of cockpit conversations, instrument warnings, engine sounds, etc. While not 100% perfect, they are reliable enough to record and preserve valuable information in the present for someone to use in the future.
Human memories, however, are undependable. They are fickle. They change over time. And they often skew disproportionately in our own favor.
What Really Happened
For better or worse, we have no instant replays for our lives. We can’t see backwards in perfect detail.
Despite the funny yet cringey Progressive Insurance commercials, we can’t throw a challenge flag and watch a replay of what really happened when we disagree over memories.
Watch this commercial on instant replays. Can you relate, too?
Absent my own instant replay machine, I couldn’t trace down the specific incident in question. But I did what I could that afternoon at home to confirm my overall memories.
- I opened my email and searched through past conversations.
- I moved to the bedroom and dug through a box of old cards.
- I pulled scrapbook after scrapbook off the office bookshelves for more documentation.
Bit by bit, page by page, I felt comforted. Maybe my memories weren’t flawless, but they were still sound.
Outside evidence provided enough proof for me about the past in general. I could begin trusting my gut again. The reminders showed me wonderful times, even amidst hard days.
Love and joy and God were indeed present then. I don’t have to doubt it now.
Even if I can’t remember the exact details.
Do you ever question your memories, too? What are your reminders? Share in the comments.
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