Following a guide to awesome… Day 2

Mini Recap of Day One: The whole putting-down-the-phone-thing worked pretty well today.  I couldn’t believe how much I was able to accomplish by just leaving it alone only a few of the times I would have picked it up any other day.  A sweet friend brought up another bit of support to put down the phone/technology and be present: the love and respect you have for those around you.  I think we’ve all been on the receiving end of someone half-listening to your story while they check Facebook, Instagram, CNN, etc.  I’m guilty of this, I know, but I want the people I’m spending time with to know I’m 100% there, with them and for them.  I mean, aside from the amazing head massage we get when getting shampooed, isn’t that REALLY why most women LOVE to have their hair done?  For an hour, someone must pay COMPLETE attention to us.

ANYWAY!  Onward.  Day two of my little experiment to live Kid President’s Guide to Awesome: Take Brain Pictures.
This seems to encourage readers to, with their completely present selves, take in all aspects of a situation to create a full and perfect memory.  This may be easier for some of us.  I didn’t have a cell phone until I was in college, so I actually remember back when the only way I was going to remember every detail of a situation was if I presently and purposefully built that memory in my brain.

Some of MY Brain Pictures off the top of my head (pun intended):

  1. I have the most vivid memory, as a little tyke, of a time I was riding on my grandfather’s shoulders.  My mom, dad and grandmother were also there.  We were walking from a parking lot into a mall.  I recall someone calling my grandfather, “Pop.”  He was not happy and said something to the effect of, “She gets to pick out what she calls me; no one else.”  My dad opened the door into the mall and my grandfather ducked as we passed through so I didn’t hit my head. On the way back up to full attention, I said, “Pop Pop.”  My grandfather said, “That settles it.”
  2. Again, as a little tyke, my Aunt Judi, Mom, cousin Abby and I would compete in Backyard Olympics.  We would take turns jumping off the swings to see who could, “Stick the landing.”  Judi would leap off the swing at the height of the forward motion, plant both feet firmly on the ground, thrust her hands to the sky (just like a triumphant gymnast after a successful vault) and shout, “Miss Yugoslavia!”  She always won.
  3. The last time I ever talked to my dad.  I was 16.  He was losing to brain cancer.  I lied to him and told him it was ok to go because I knew he would suffer longer if I didn’t.
  4. Moments before my high school graduation began, I was practicing the valedictory address I prepared and Mr. Mayer appeared in the door way.  He wanted to give me a note he’d written with my dad in the hospital before he died.  He wanted to be able to give me the words of my dad on such an important day to me.
  5. The moment I first saw the man who is now my husband.  He walked into a room full of people with a bottle of wine, a bright smile and the warmest eyes I’d ever seen.
  6. The look on my mom’s face as I walked, alone with my dad’s spirit, toward her so she give me away at my wedding.
  7. The million and a half time I’ve watched the sky during an amazing run.

I don’t have photographs of any of these specific moments, but I’ll never forget them because of the Brain Pictures I created.  Thinking back through these Brain Pictures produces no less vivid an image than if I’d had a professional photographer or cinematographer there for every moment.  I see why Kid President considers this worthy of the number two spot in his Guide to Awesome.

What Brain Pictures do you have?
What do they mean to you?
How can you help you, your friends, partner or children to create a lifetime of Brain Pictures?

feel free to share your Brain Pictures in the comments… the world would love to know what’s had an impact on you because it could have an impact on them

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