When remembering the negatives becomes important

Sep 30 2013 - 3:32pm

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There is a time each year when many of us load the car and take a trip across the countryside in an effort to make positive memories with those we love.

That's right, I'm talking about family vacations.

My wife and I were discussing one of our last trips to a popular amusement park, and we smiled as we thought of the positive memories we had there. We have visited this place at least four times, and with each visit, I have noticed a pattern regarding our selective memories at this celebrated landmark of fun.

A few months removed from these trips, we tend to focus on the positives from our experiences. On the other hand, painful experiences tend to disappear with time and are fresh on our minds only while living in those moments. I love remembering things such as the music as we sit on the rides, the laughter as we see the shows, and the taste of those special park foods. Turkey drumsticks ... YUMMY!

However, I seldom smile when I think of the negatives, such as our sore legs, the sunburns, the price of those drumsticks, or the constant waiting in line for rides. In fact, I tend to forget about my sore feet right up until they're sore again, which is typically on day two of our latest trip to that same park. It's then that I say, "Now I remember why I put gel insoles on my shopping list and promised to lose 20 pounds before our next park visit!"

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