Hone your natural talent for forgetting things and put it to good use.
I don't know about you, but my memory is sometimes a little flaky. Instead of lamenting over my inability to remember things, I usually make ready use of tools (e.g. a notebook, my PDA, a friend's memory) to make up for this fact. But not always. Sometimes I actually set my PDA aside and make a point of forgetting.
The first cold day of my second winter at college, I found a $20 bill in my winter coat! Obviously I hadn’t done a good job at checking my pockets before storing away my cold-weather wear the previous spring. But that didn’t matter – the extra cash in my coat was an unexpected treat. I thought it was the coolest thing.
Winter ended and this time, when I was setting aside my winter clothes for storage, I remembered to empty all my pockets. However, before I placed my coat into its storage bin, an idea hit me -- I pulled out my wallet, fished out a $20 bill, and tucked it into one of the pockets. I assumed that, even though I would know to expect it, the $20 would still be a treat come winter.
Although it wasn’t intentional, I actually managed to forget that I did this. Which means that on the first cold day of my third winter at college, I was surprised when I found a $20 bill in my winter coat! Of course, finding the $20 jogged my memory but I was delighted nonetheless.
When you’re feeling especially good, write yourself a letter. Aim to delight yourself, or bring yourself a little cheer. Address it, stamp it, and hand it to someone reliable who can mail it to you in a month, or a year, or a couple of years.
Is there a poem you especially like? Make a copy of it and place it into a book or nook that you access once in a blue moon.
Order flowers for yourself, months and months in advance.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to forget.
"However, before I placed my coat into its storage bin, an idea hit me -- I pulled out my wallet, fished out a $20 bill, and tucked it into one of the pockets. "
Oh, I love this! I'll have to remember that trick, and see if I can generalize it.
Thanks for sharing it!
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