My sister Salomé gave me a little notebook for Christmas. In it she asks probing questions like:
What is your earliest childhood memory?The purpose is for me to answer the questions and then return the book to her as a gift next Christmas.
Do you have any regrets?
When you were a kid, what did you want to do when you grew up?
What are your favorite memories of Mom? Papa?
When you tell others about our childhood, what do you talk about the most?
I hadn't touched the book until tonight, on a whim as it has been sitting by my computer for a couple months now. I shocked myself at how these questions opened up such emotional memories, both joyful and sorrowful. There really is a magic in memory and its power to influence how you think about yourself and others. I look forward to completing the last 2/3 of the questions on other upcoming nights. I feel blessed tonight to have been given the opportunity to reflect and make some concrete decisions about the future because of these reflections.