According to the Second College Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary, forgetfulness implies a faulty memory or a tendency not to remember. Less often it’s used as the equivalent of unmindful which means failure in a specific instance to keep in mind what should be remembered through deliberate oversight, heedlessness or inattentiveness.
Here in Carpenter Country we’re sometimes forgetful. Though we try not to be unmindful, on occasion we’ve been oblivious, abstracted, absent-minded or distracted. One of those words no doubt describes our state of mind the day we walked out of the house without our keys. And locked the door. Oops.
How about you? Do you forget what you want to say? Enter a room and wonder why you’re there? Have trouble recalling where you left glasses, a toy, a bike or a schoolbook?
Like us, you may be relieved to learn that forgetfulness has been around a long time, and begins quite early. In the 4th century BC, Plato wrote that souls incarnating on Earth first had to march to the Plain of Forgetfulness and drink from the River of Unmindfulness.
More recently, we’ve discovered that forgetfulness can be conquered using the power of positive thinking. Instead of being forgetful–or even oblivious, abstracted, absent-minded or distracted–we’ve decided we’re simply giving our brain a rest.
This approach works well. So well, in fact, that today’s an anniversary for us. We haven’t forgotten anything in over a week.
At least, we’re almost sure we haven’t…