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Monday, February 23, 2009

Of losing memory

Part of being human is to have memory of experiencing bitter sweet of life. The pain of losing someone you loved, that leaves you numb and senseless for long period of time, is something that you will cherish for life. The joy of receiving good news in time of despair and the memory of comforting your friends and family; those are not something that you can buy with any amount of money.

Memory is something that differentiates us from someone else. Everyone is different and have experiencing different past life. With memory, we gained strength, wisdom and sometimes opportunity to repent for our wrongdoings in the past. It is the guidance for our present and the future. In time of darkness, we seek out our memory for hope to overcome our own obstacles. Without memory, we will be nobody and we might be thinking that we haven't done anything in this world.

This is what I've been thinking in the past few days. I have the opportunity to visit Alzheimer's Australia Victoria last week and they have managed to show me the burden of losing memory and how it affects the patient, the carer and their family.

It was so painful to see how your beloved mom or dad losing their memory gradually and slowly forgetting that you are their own children. The burden of seeing them becoming more erratic for each day that passes is something that I might not be able to cope if I were in their position.
A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor

6 comments:

Ummu Layth said...

esok (tues) kul 730 ada documentary on SBS channel. the topic is memory.

SoFie NuR said...

memang sangat kesian n sedih bila melihat or hidup ngan orang2 yang hilang ingatan ni...ehmm...

empunya diri said...

betui tu...
penah jugak behadapan ngan depa ni...
sedih cuz diri sendiri p0n depa da xkenal...
apa yg dibuat p0n xsedaq...
scary~
smuga kita dilindungi...
ameeeennnn...

Hafiz said...

@ Aliya, thanks for the info. Will try to watch it.

@ Sofie, agak sedih juga namun itulah salah satu yang boleh berlaku apabila kita sudah berusia.

@ empunya/moonie, tukar nama username ker ni? semoga apabila ia berlaku, kita mampu mengumpulkan segala kekuatan untuk menghadapinya :)

nhh_318 said...

s'thing relates with LUPA...but maybe a bit out of topic discussed.

We forget, as we were created to forget. And this is a part of our test. Will we only use a selective memory and overlook what we owe to our Creator and Sustainer? Or will we be appreciative even when we are suffering some hardship or setback in this life?
As Allah said in Quran:

"As for mankind, whenever his Lord tests him giving him honor and gifts, he says (bragging): "My Lord honors me.""

"But whenever He tests him by withholding his livelihood, he says: "My Lord has disgraced me!""

(Surah Al-Fajr: 15-16)

correct me if I'm wrong :)

Hafiz said...

Mankind always forget God whenever he is blessed with wealth, health and happiness.

We should not forget that test from Allah comes in many flavour and form. Sometimes, we are tested with wealth and I personally think this is harder than if you are tested with poverty.

Hopefully all of us can remain steadfast with Islam whenever we are being tested by Allah SWT.