While in the sauna at my fitness club, I overheard a conversation between an older gentleman and his friend. Sam is close to 90-years-old, and he still makes it to the health club just about every day. From what I know, he doesn’t use any of the machines. He likes the steam room, sauna, and hot tub. The other reason he is a regular is because many of his “buddies” make it a habit to show up in the afternoon to “shoot the breeze.” |
It’s quiet in the steam room for a bit, but soon Sam begins the conversation with Cliff:
SAM: You know, Cliff, my wife called me on Wednesday and told me that she lost her purse, and she can’t remember where to start looking for it.
CLIFF: Well, we are getting older. It used to be that I couldn’t remember what I did last week; nowadays, I don’t remember what I did this morning. Once you hit the 70’s, the mind don’t work like it used to.
SAM: I suppose you’re right, but my wife has a thing about forgetting stuff. She now forgets more than she remembers.
CLIFF: So, what happened with the purse?
SAM: Good that you reminded me about the story I was telling you. A couple days ago, she told me that someone called about her purse. They had it, and she needed to pick it up.
CLIFF: That’s good. Did she go get it?
SAM: Here’s some interesting … I asked who called, but she couldn’t remember. On that Wednesday, she only went to the supermarket and to a restaurant with some friends. We called both places, and neither of them remembered calling my house, and they didn’t have her purse.
CLIFF: That’s a bit unusual that she only went to two places, and someone called, but there is still no purse.
SAM: There’s more to this story, and here’s the funny part. She called me just before I arrived at the fitness club, and she told me that she found her purse.
CLIFF: I guess she remembered who called her, huh?
SAM: Nope! She went to her car this morning, and noticed that the purse was in the backseat!
[The friends enjoy a good laugh.]
CLIFF: Goodness! I guess it all worked out, but the phone call thing is a bit weird.
SAM: You’re right, but she is 88-years-old.
CLIFF: With my wife, it’s the driving! I’m scared to death when she gets behind that steering wheel.
SAM: Well, my friend, that’s an entirely different story, and I don’t have time to tell that one. Gotta go!
This story reminds me of how much happens in our lives, and it’s so easy to forget what we did just a few days ago. I find myself revisiting my calendar several times per day to see what is in store for me during the day.
Come to think of it … I’ve forgotten my wallet several times, and had no idea where to start looking. I’m half the age of Sam’s wife, and amnesia is already starting to set in!
Related Articles -
career development, leadership development, success strategies, customer service, book of knowledge, online learner, online learning,