As winter sets in and with the human tendency is to hibernate, comes reflection. Drawing upon memories both recent and past, memories can be like vapor. Like vapor, you cannot hold them in your hand, misty visualizations just a thought away.

As time passes the fog may thicken making way for one’s own interpretation. 

Depending on your motivation/disposition, those seeking pity as a survivor of hardship may exaggerate past experiences embellishing details as for the creation of ones own personal “Odyssey”. 

On the other end of the spectrum, circumstances of mediocre events can be reshaped/glorified, placing them on a pedestal as a trophy which was never warranted. 

Recognizing that there are times when we are in the valley and our lives lack joy and happiness. Where else do we have to turn but our memories? 

During these melancholiac times, memories can easily turn to bitterness because of the longing for the “glory days”. A cautionary note during this yearning for what was, our vision may be clouded to the blessings directly in front of us. I cannot think of better insurance in the pursuit of happiness than to make a daily deposit of thankfulness into our memory banks. Thankfulness for what is right in front of us. Peace. 


3 thoughts on “Vapor

  1. These are such Important reflections and insights, Ray. Being grateful for present moments is wise counsel. I just witnessed a most amazing sight – the slightest sliver of the waning crescent moon setting in the west. I don’t have a camera that can take night pictures. All I will have is a memory – perhaps of the scene although that may fade in time, but it made me more likely to remember the beauty that is ever-present if I take the time to be present in the moment.

    1. Hi friend, sounds beautiful. funny I have the same situation while viewing the heavens at night. Limited equipment Lol. This post is rooted in recent departure from a church we came to love but was destroyed from within. Trying to hold on was fruitless but I am glad that during the time there, I consciously took the time to savor many moments as they unfolded. Peace to you Carol and thank you for your comment.

      1. Thank you for sharing the context, Ray. Internal conflicts do destroy a lot of groups. It’s sad when an overall sense of mission and community changes or isn’t strong enough to hold people together. But not everyone grows at the same rate, making conflict likely. Still, as you point out, there are always positive moments and lessons. Peace to you too, dear friend.

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