A friend of mine sent me a link to a YouTube video from a show that he watches called Mad Men.  It was a clip from an episode called The Wheel and it was quite touching.  Here is the meat of the quote that I found online:

Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.

Considering our memories as sort of a time machine, is completely apropos.  When we are reflecting on our pasts, we are catapulted into it.  Sometimes it is the way a sunbeam crosses the trees or a song, maybe even a smell, that stimulates memories.  Once they are stirred, we have to revisit those experiences whether they are delightful or painful to recall.

Where is that place where we know we are loved?  It is not in the past, as much as our beings may ache for what we thought was love.  Love is where we are right now, and it is likely all around us if we can keep our heads in present time.

Recently, someone posted a link to a blog post I wrote here almost a year ago.  As I reviewed the post that was driving all of the visitors, I got in touch with the feelings that inspired it again, but there was strength in what I wrote too.  At the site, someone commented that my voice seemed calm.  I suppose that calmness is a form of strength.

One thing that I have practiced is being an observer of my emotions.  I guess I first learned the technique when I was studying The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.  As an observer, I am not personally affected by the memories that I must sometimes confront.

The holiday season does seem to stimulate memories of the past, and the holiday season is upon us again.  I’ll try to be here more often for you all.