On Forgetting

I've been reading Gitzen Girl for sometime. She's an incredible soul with a heart for God who inspires me daily in the way she lives and copes with a debilitating illness.

I've read her Friday Five Minute Posts, hosted by The Gypsy Mama for several weeks now. And, each time I see the link I've thought, "I should do that. I should just write and see what happens when I let the words flow." So, I did.

The topic today is "On forgetting." Here's what I wrote in five minutes:

I see the words “On Forgetting” and the words pop in my head “forget the past.”

However, the past has made me who I am.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t forget my past even if I wanted to - which I have - wanted to.
I’ve tried. Yet it’s a part of me.

All the good. All the bad. All the mistakes. All the challenges. All the opportunities. All the blessings.

The past has pushed me into this future called “My Life.”

I’ve made peace with my past, with much help and many years of hard work so it’s not something I’m willing to now just forget.

I want to use the memories I have to keep pushing towards the goal - my goal - the path and plans that God has for me.

I was put here on earth for a reason. That reason includes many things, people, places, events that I never, ever want to forget.