Physical memory of a thought


This morning as I stepped out of the shower I had a thought that I suddenly realised would be good to explore as a blog post (though it would be short). But by the time I had finished breakfast, the thought had gone.

I had the wierd urge to get into the shower and step out again, just to recapture the thought.

It didn’t work this time, but quite often in the kitchen if I just back track physically, I remember what I was going to do.

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25 thoughts on “Physical memory of a thought

  1. Oh, Sidey. You are talking to Mr Forgetful here. I have started to keep a diary much more carefully, and ideas for poems keep getting lost like yours. I have a little scribble book which I intend to carry around and jot ideas in.
    My Granny, long since gone now, used to call it “Old age and infirmary”

    John

  2. Think that happens quite a lot actually.
    Read somewhere that if you go through a door, your mind sort of stops thoughts in one room to flow over to the other room – that’s why it helps if you turn and go back sometimes πŸ˜‰

  3. Hold that thought! … Oops, too late.
    I know the feeling! I have gone to sleep after several verses of a simply brilliant Really Awful Rhyme have come to mind. Next morning, I remember perfectly well that I composed it and how good it was … but what it was about, or any part of it, is gone.

  4. It never happens to me, at least not in the shower. I tend to fall asleep (not sleeping but dirfting) which dampens shower thinking. A good nap, no I mean a good shower lasts a minimum of thirty minutes.

    I used to kick myself for not remembering, for not writing it down (which I have never ever done). I reason that if the ‘thought’ is truly worthy it will reinvent and live at some point as conceived or a unique hybrid at best; as you have just done by out witting the nature of physical memory with free form flash memory. You turned one experience into a story. Besides, Ruth pointed out to me the other day it is a far better path to think without the mind. Think within a ‘flash’ and see where it takes you.

  5. I have to do that all the time. I am a deeply forgetful person and I must spend half my time at home backtracking to remember something. Really, I should tie knots in the dog’s neckerchief to remember really.

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