A friend brought to my attention the theory of a fixed memory. I hadn’t thought about it before, but I realized I sort of buy into this theory.
A fixed memory requires unloading some information in order to add more memory.
With so many things going on in my day, I write notes to myself to address my memory bank, which can only hold so much.
I then compare this view to divine Mind, with unlimited memory. Never forgetting.
Or is it that view clear?
The thinking that I need to have a perfect human memory would only be cause for unreasonableness, thinking I need to remember everything.
I’ going to argue differently for a minute here because that view can be misleading.
I mean really, I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, mainly because I don’t care, but I do remember a diddy I learned back in my teenage years.
“Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun.”
I don’t need that information, served up by McDonald’s, a place I rarely eat at, in my memory, but there it is. And if you need to know how to change a sheared bolt on a New Holland baler, I have you covered. I remember how to do that also from my teen years.
So, my memory isn’t declining just because I forget other things, like taking out the garbage. I can stand back and see a bigger picture. Another view of the Mind that remembers, or rather “knows.”
We don’t have to beat ourself up because we forget things. We don’t want to let ourself expect our memory to decline. I believe there is an infinite Mind that can be trusted as our own mind.
I’m certainly going to keep writing notes to myself. However, I’ll do so in the framework of divine Mind that knows what it needs to know, when.
Psalm 77:14, ESV: “You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.”