The ‘Album’ in Your Mind

You never know when they happen and when they do, you can never forget them. Each time one of them happens, it promises to tug at your heart for a lifetime.

Fortunately, life gives every one of us these precious moments that can never be erased from our minds. Moments that seem to stand still for ages, deep within the tiniest crevices of the heart and mind. These moments make me proud of being a human.

I am sure you have taken numerous photographs during the many phases of your life so far and probably will do so for as long as you can. For many years and perhaps even decades, we rely on them to bring back the laughter, joy and even sadness that remain captured within each image. Technology does wonders.

Life, strangely does not need any technology to give you those special moments. It has been creating an album of selective images that is always at your disposal, ever since you started having the ability to create them. Yes, you created this album. The album in your mind.

Besides your fingerprint and DNA, this ‘mind album’ is exclusively yours. It has been around and will be there with you throughout your journey on Earth.

Each image in this album developed its way into your ‘mind album’. Not every photo was a ‘Kodak’ moment. So, is each image a representation of bliss and happiness? I would not claim that they are. Some may not even have been taken during a pleasant moment in your life. Life has its camera on at all times because it makes you realize that there is something for you to learn, reflect and absorb from every phase of life.

I would like to take this moment to share just a few images from my ‘mind album’ just so that you will know what I mean. My ‘mind album’ is very exquisite, much like yours. Considering the fact that you may come from a totally different part of the world that holds its own culture,traditions and beliefs, I have had to select the images from my mind with care.

The first image is that of the day I discovered God in my life. It amazes me till this day, that I have not been able to identify him much earlier. His subtle but powerful presence, his love and promises have done so much more for me than any human possibly can. This is the moment my Creator taught me what it feels like to be born again. How befitting a word!

The second image happens to be the most disturbing as well as the most precious of all the rest. Its the image of the last time I saw my parents alive (which was just a few days before their demise). This image is so dramatic that I could almost reach out and touch it. Yes, it brings so many mixed emotions, depending on how and when I look at it but I know that every image has something to teach and this stands out as one of the most expressive moments that I am fortunate to cherish. I thank my parents and life for having granted me the wonderful opportunity of being there with them that day.

The next one is of a very special moment in my life. Its the moment that time stood still. The moment my husband first confessed his love to me….after I did! It took me all of the courage,emotions and anxiety I could possibly muster then to brace myself as I stared blankly into the computer screen, awaiting for a response. Yes, years later…we are still crazy about each other and it sure helps to go through the image when things are great and when they aren’t.

I am still waiting for an image of my son. He has created an entire album for himself in my mind and heart for there never really is a dull moment with him around. Yet, I am searching for that one image which will go into my ‘mind album’. I don’t know when I will find it. Yes, the first photo we took of him when he was born occupies the page now but I have a feeling that something much better is in the pipeline.

I find the ‘mind album’ amusing and enchanting for they are safe from any harm caused by nature or man. I believe that they will remain in one’s heart even when decades fly by and one can no longer remember much. The album remains with the soul.

Look at your ‘mind album’ when you can. I am sure you will be amazed at how life has evolved itself in you.