Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ode To Shakespeare

By Flea - Be A Survivor

One thing you need to do and you should start doing it as soon as possible is carry a small notepad and paper.

One can never know when creativity will hit you or a brilliant idea will pop into your head. How many times has this happened to you? A great thought pops into your head and you say you will work on it later, later comes and for the life of you the brilliant idea simply escapes you. No, this in not the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, it happens to the best of us.

We have so much going on that we simply cannot remember everything that we think of on a daily basis. Think of our brains as having two types of memory like a computer does; RAM (Random Access Memory) and ROM (Read Only Memory) and some hard drive space to go along with them.

The ROM is where things that you need permanently are stored like your name, who you are, what makes you, you. The hard drive space is where you store things you deem important, it can be overwritten when it is no longer needed and new “permanent” things take its place.

The RAM is where these brilliant ideas and important thoughts go; alas this type of memory is the least reliable as it is with a PC. All it takes for a computer to lose what it has stored in RAM is a momentary blip in power and you work the same way. Something happens that resets your RAM and that thought or idea is gone.

The best remedy for these momentary lapses is to carry a small notebook and pen with you at all times. Make it part of your EDC (Every Day Carry) along with your keys, wallet, purse, CCW or whatever you lug around on a daily basis.

I swear I used to have a brilliant idea for a blog post every ten seconds and then forget about it completely just as quickly. Since I have started carrying my small “journal” I am not losing these ideas and now have a dozen or more posts prewritten waiting to be posted.

Think of your pad and paper as an aid to help you keep track of your hectic existence. This aid will help bridge the gap between your “RAM” and “hard drive” space (in your brain). It can make the task of keeping track of important things easier. Who hasn’t at some point or another wished they had a pen and paper available to them; this usually happens when you need directions or meet the girl of you dreams and write her number on your hand then forget and wash your hands…bummer.

Another thing I encourage people to do is to keep a journal; NOT an electronic journal, a good old fashioned paper journal. It is an intellectually stimulating exercise to keep a journal of the days events and will be fun to look back at as times passes. I would keep it short and sweet, write down what you did that day, how you felt, what the weather was like, and anything else that you thing would be useful for you to get off your chest and onto paper.

I think I got this outlook from my dad who kept a journal (unknown to us - family) until the day he died. In fact, it was an absolute joy and pleasure to find it after he was gone and to go through and read it. Reading it actually brought some tears to my eyes; to see my dad’s thoughts and feelings on the paper IN HIS OWN HANDWRITING was powerful. I think that is why I am so fervent that the journal be the paper and pen type, coupled with the fact that actually writing thoughts down on paper reinforces the memories gained from them in your brain.

So go get yourself a small pad and a pen and make sure you carry it around with you wherever you go, you won’t regret it, I promise you.

...that is all.

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  1. Very good suggestion, Flea! If for no other reason that someday, someone in our family will find it and know what we were thinking...

  2. Good idea Flea. I keep all my blog post ideas in my Blackberry. It's safe and secure. I also keep a pen and paper on me at all times.

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  3. Cool postings about how to be a survivor. Stephen Dent talks all about this in his blog about South Carolina Camping. Check it out if you get a chance, but I know you're probably pretty busy.