101-ThingsToBeGrateful-15memoriesDay 15:  Memories

Today, as the app Timehop reminded me of the passing of a colleague a year ago, it brought back some warm smiles and good laughs I had with my old friend.  I can’t believe that a year has passed by so quickly.

Though I’m a big proponent of living in the present.  That we should view the past as a dream and the future as a unknown mystery.  That we should be present right now as that is all we have.  It is still nice to occasionally reflect back on a friendship and remember the goodness a person shared in their life.   The last thing we ought to do is get stuck in sorrow and feel down.  Instead, I chose to say a prayer for Tariq and remember the laughs that he shared.

As a human, we all carry the weight of memories in our minds.  Some bring feelings of joy and some give rise to great sorrow.  I’ve learned to let go and not pay attention to the sorrowful type.   Though they will always be etched into our brains, we can still decide which memories we give life to.  I choose to celebrate the happy type and be grateful for the library of images that are imprinted as stories on my mind and knitted into the fabric of my existence.

Today I’m grateful for memories and choose to celebrate them as reminders of living.

Jas Jagpal