Last updated: September 03. 2014 9:38AM - 63 Views
Ted Smith Contributing Columnist

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How often do you hear this said: “Boy, my memory certainly is not what it used to be.” Well, to that I say “Hogwash.” Fact is, I believe our memories have never been better. Now, I understand if you scoff at that statement.

However, if you will indulge me and consider just why I believe my statement. Consider this: one hundred years ago, life was fairly straightforward and simple. Hard work was the norm if one was expected to succeed.

In 1915, the United States population reached 100 million people. This number pales in comparison to today’s 313 million people. One hundred years ago the average workday was 10 to 12 hours per day for six days per week. Only 23 percent of the workforce was women, compared to today’s 57 percent. Only 13 percent of the population had a high school diploma compared to today’s 78 percent graduation rate.

One hundred years ago, travel was limited simply because automobiles were only used by those who could afford them. Few people even knew how to drive. Flying was still considered new, so people pretty much stayed down on the farm and worked.

Now, fast forward to 2014, and consider the lifestyle. Today if a person thinks it, it can be shared instantly anywhere in the world. We think nothing of boarding a plane and flying anywhere in the world in just a few hours.

It all boils down to a simple fact for most of us: our lives are anything but simple. We are busier than we have ever been. That alone keeps our memory alive and learning each and every day. I believe our memory is expandable, capable of retaining more data than any of us can fully appreciate.

Of course you are going to have moments where you forget things. For example, walking into a room and not remembering what you are searching for, or failing to recall someone’s name, or an occasional moment you cannot remember where you parked.

Remember, that in today’s society, there is so much more to remember than in the past, so don’t get discouraged if you have moments where your memory fails you. It happens to everyone. You just have so much information stored, and sometimes it takes time to locate that particular file.

Today’s computers are not so much different than the brain matter you use to store the whos, whats, and wheres of today’s world. So, my advice to you is simply this: stay as active as possible and take extra good care of yourself and your faculties. Your memory, barring certain illnesses, will remain intact, and I encourage you to utilize and enlarge your memory. In case you question how to accomplish this, there are many ways to improve your memory. Get started today.

Here at your Chamber, we strive to improve daily, not only for our members, but for our entire community. It is our intent to see improvement in education, housing, economic development, workforce development, and other areas of importance for the growth of our county.

However, we cannot accomplish our goals without your support. Your membership investment will ensure positive future growth for your community. Stop in to 1209 Caldwell St. or call 276-4274 and allow either Liz, Michelle or me to tell you why we need your support and how you can become involved in your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce.

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