The Power of Forgetting

Last updated: November 25, 2017 at 18:57 pm

forget photoIn an earlier article, I wrote about “The Intelligence in Forgetting.” That’s right. There is intelligence in forgetting things. The mind discards information for intelligent reasons. For example, if the mind can find enough evidence to substantiate something that was fed to it, it discards it as thrash.

That is why true educators have mastered the art of developing lessons that ingrain themselves into the student’s mind. That’s right, the mind may forget things for a variety of reasons, and many of those reasons are intelligent reasons.

But in this article, I’m going to write about the “power of forgetting.” Yes. Not only is there intelligence in forgetting, there is also power in forgetting.

Let’s admit it. There are some memories that bog us down, that depress us, that cause us anxiety and worry, and keeps us from moving forward. Have you ever found yourself pondering things for too long? Wondering why they had to happen? Well, the truth is, the more you hold these harmful thoughts and memories in your mind, the more likely you are to replicate them.

It’s just as important to forget toxic people, as the saying goes, “don’t let anyone rent a space in your head unless they are a good tenant.” Remember that there are people in the world today whose purpose is to drag others down. These are small and inferior people. You need to wipe them off your mind. How? Simply change your focus. Focus on great people.

Many people try to hold us in emotional chains. They are masters of playing “mind games.” We must learn to not only stay away from those people, but forget about them. When we do that, we live happier, more productive life.

Sometimes it’s not easy, but there is power in forgetting. Here’s the key: the less you think about someone, the less they will think about you. And the less you recall an incident, the less others will recall it. That is because when you stop sending those “thought signals” up, no one can catch it on their antenna. Yes, we are always sending and receiving signals from each other subconsciously. Here’s the key: if you don’t think about it, it doesn’t exist anymore.

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