In a rare instance of remembering something while it is still useful, I remembered to clean my laptop keyboard and screen this morning before I turned it on. I often think to clean the screen, because I can see the screen is dirty, but I always think of it after I’ve powered on the device. You know, the hassle of accidentally pressing the various keys is a pain.
That’s not the point of this post though.
The odd thing about my cleaning my laptop is that every single time I do it (or even think of it), I recall a tweet that my brother sent out over a year ago initiating “clean your laptop Fridays.” The tweet didn’t mean much to me, and I didn’t get into that habit, but that one simple and insignificant memory comes leaping to the front of my mind every time I notice dust on my screen. Weird!
There is so much in my head that I’d love to remember. So much that it would be useful to have leaping to get my attention. Still, it’s this one simple and understated memory that takes pride of place so often. What’s more, there are many such examples from my daily life of random, inconspicuous memories from long ago which get triggered every day, but seem to be of little significance or value.
Does this happen to you?