On a daily basis an avalanche of new data is not just tossed in, but sorted out by key words and those pieces are arranged in such a way that allows us to instantaneously find and extract them on demand.
For better understanding of memory storage ‘facilities’ some people visualise it as if those bits of information are being put in to separate boxes and neatly placed on the shelves in strict organised order. As certain memories are such a treasure for us, they must have a special place or box in close proximity that we can relive them again on demand.
As Haruki Murakami said in his “Kafka on the Shore” book: “No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever”.
Unlike the people with phenomenal memory, we, mere mortals are often concerned with our ability to memorise and recover information. We all wish we had a better memory, don’t we?
Fortunately, for those who are prepared to work on its improvement, a large arsenal of techniques and methods are nowadays on offer.
One of my favourite ones is mnemonics. That is a medieval technique which is totally current for our times and good fun.
The idea is to create a few rhyming lines which would be easy to stick in your memory.
Eg. Columbus sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred ninety-two.
I could not resist making a few by myself right now.
- Leaving home take with me:
Money, glasses, phone, key!
- Going out check my looks:
Hair, handbag, coat and boots.
- My cat is waiting for his feed
In order staying strong and fit.
Now it is your turn: keep going!