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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: Memories Live On
By Shawn Smith
07/16/08


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Our memories tell us the story of our history. They teach us to live for today. They remind us to dream for the future. They are a picture of where we have been and are the catalyst for where we will go. They do not define us. They give us choices – choices that allow us to define what new memories will look like. What we do and who we are today is a reflection of how we choose to perceive our memories.

A barefoot walk on a moonlit beach,
A long laugh with my best friend,
The first look into my child’s eyes,
The family vacation to Disneyland,
Playing with my kids,
Riding a horse through an open pasture.

Good memories are a vision of life as we hope it would be. They are like an enjoyable visit with a long lost friend that requires no scheduling, no shuffling of priorities. You can meet them no matter where you are, no matter how you feel. They can bring peace, joy, comfort, and hope. They strive to be nothing more than they already are. They require nothing of you.

An argument with my husband,
Crashing the car,
Taking my child to the hospital,
Losing my job,
Putting down the family pet,
Filing bankruptcy.

Bad memories are just as sweet. They teach us and try to keep us from making the same mistakes over and over again. They are reminders to cherish the good. They encourage us to do better, to be better. They can find you any time, anywhere, even when you don’t want them to.

Good or bad,
Happy or sad,
Big or small,
Cherish them all.

New ones each day,
Sometimes they stay,
When time has gone,
Memories live on.


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Sara Harricharan 07/18/08
I love this format! Even the 'story paragraphs' read like poetry, they flow together so neatly, I loved the last two verses, it was just lovely! ^_^
Allan Morelos07/19/08
I love the way you structure your piece. Your first paragraph is a good opening. You develop your key idea well and end the whole thing as excellently. It's my favorite of the week. What an insightful piece! Good job!
Linda Germain 07/21/08
I love this: "MEMORIES do not define us." That should be a bumpper sticker and written in the sky. Great insight. Well done.