Empty Days

Sunday, February 01, 2004

The case of the disappearing thought

Perhaps you know that feeling (and if not, you're damn lucky) - a "brilliant" insight comes to your mind and you promise yourself you are going to write it down so as to reflect on it further - and then when the time comes you can't remember what it was exactly - some dim shadow of it "on the tip of your mind" and still you can't quite pull it out into the light. Whereupon the mind goes on a frantic search for those memory road-marks, in the hope that perhaps some association of ideas might once again lead you to that little pebble that got lost in the grass - but nothing comes of it. Previous experience tells you that it's no good pushing the issue - it will come back on its own, when you're doing something else, and you promise yourself that this time you will not let it get away... But experience also shows that there is every chance you will.

Such is the game of the disappearing thought - it comes, it goes, and you can't catch it.

(Am I describing an early stage of Alzheimer's? Could be :-0 )





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