Is memory sequential?

““A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.” ANONYMOUS

Browsing through a magazine while I wended my way workward this morning, This thought struck me and I began to think.

When we write stories base don memory, the stOries usually are structured sequentially however memory does not come back to us as it happened.

Life is a rich and varied tapestry, and something acts as a spotlight on a section and brings back to us the richness or senses and the waft of what was.   This walks with us for a while, and then fades as the everyday and the grist of future memories is lived through and around us as we walk through each moment of life.  

““Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going”  TENNESSEE WILLIAMS.


Edward de Bono states: “A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely not happen.”   Perhaps there is some truth in this. perhaps we amass experience but the lesson has to percolate before we fully take this in?

6 comments on “Is memory sequential?

  1. I agree Westy; but I also see them as flares that burst into light sometimes long after the event took place and shine a light on something so we may see it more clearly. They also keep with us those we love when they no longer walk this world with us. They also remind us of who WE are and where we come from. Maggs.

  2. memories are reminders of who we are and how we got to become the people we are. They are something precious.

  3. They are big words Burst…*giggles*** Betty and Kelly, I tend to dwell as much as possible on the positive but my biggest lessons (the ones that tore me apart and forged me into something different) have been deep and often dark experiences.

  4. Nothing happens in the past but all at once. No memory exists that isn’t relived in its being. Memory is no more sequential than the universe existing in one imperceptible, measureless moment.

    Are the Simpsons on yet?

  5. I with Betty on this one

  6. Sometimes memories are wonderful, sometimes painful. I guess we couldn’t go through life with only pleasant ones. It would be nice, though. 🙂

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