If you’re part of the Mega Memory Month carnival I’m hosting during the month of October, I have a message for you:
The last thing I wanted was for participants to feel guilty or discouraged during this month-long challenge!Whatever you’re able to tuck away in your memory bank — no matter how much or how little — is valuable.One of my sisters-in-law told me that she ran a race in Belgium one time, and as she plodded along, it occurred to her that instead of hearing footsteps right behind her, she heard the sound of an engine. She turned around and realized that she was dead last in the race. She was bringing up the rear, with race organizers in a small truck right behind her. When she turned around, they called out encouragement to her to keep going. “Don’t stop now,” they shouted in French. “You’re doing great!”I kept thinking about coming in “last,” because is it ever really “last”? I think about the millions of people who never get out and jog around the block, let alone sign up for a road race! When you think about it that way, her every step was a success, a personal “win”!That’s kind of how I feel about this memory project.We may not meet the goal we set at the beginning of the month, but every word and every phrase we manage to memorize is already success. Just attempting to memorizing anything is more than the rest of the world. If you actually get a phrase or two down, all the better!Now that’s not to say we should stop mid-month and call it quits. I hope everyone keeps plugging away — after all, it’s partly what keeps me going, knowing that 20 or so people are out there doing the same thing.But please be encouraged with every effort, however humble it may be.And keep in mind that MMM will return! If you don’t make it through this month, just wait!In a few months, MMM will return, hosted by yours truly, to invite you to set another lofty goal, or to pick up where you left off.I’m thankful for every participant, and every word that every participant has been able to capture.Every word is progress.May God bless your efforts, friends!