National I Forgot Day

Yesterday, I posted this quote to my email list: “I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.” by A. A. Milne (from Winnie the Pooh, of course), not realizing that today was National I Forgot Day. Funny how things work out sometimes! (By the way, if you are interested in getting an inspirational quote in your inbox each day, you can subscribe at

This holiday was invented by Gaye Anderson, when she was having a period in her life when she was having trouble remembering things. There are several ways to use this day.

First, sit down and think about things you may have forgotten – birthdays, anniversaries, etc. – and send a card or make a call to the person, explaining why you are suddenly contacting them today.

Or, perhaps it’s a day for you to stop beating yourself up about not remembering a few things, and give yourself permission to simply forget them – for today, or forever.

Third, if there are things that happened in your past that are poisoning your present, this is your official permission to forget them. Let the past be the past. Deal with what you can, and forget the rest and move on. Seek professional help if needed.

So whether you are someone who needs prodding to remember, or someone who needs to let thing go, or someone else, celebrate this holiday in the way that helps you the most.

The graphic is from the National I Forgot to Remember Website.


Quotes about memory.

The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.–Elizabeth Bowen

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.–Christina Baldwin (One to One)

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.–E. Joseph Cossman

It is memory that provides the heart with impetus, fuels the brain, and propels the corn plant from seed to fruit.–Joy Harjo (Conference)

It would add much to human happiness, if an art could be taught of forgetting all of which the remembrance is at once useless and afflictive … that the mind might perform its functions without encumbrance, and the past might no longer encroach upon the present.–Samuel Johnson (The Idler)

Memory has the singular characteristic of recalling in a friend absent, as in a journey long past, only that which is agreeable.–Charles Dudley Warner (“Fifth Study” Backlog Studies)

Memory is not about what went on in the past, it is about what is going on inside us right this moment. … It is made up of the stuff of life in the process of becoming the grist of the soul.–Joan Chittister (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)

A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.–Elbert Hubbard (The Note Book)

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.–Willa Cather

A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.–Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses (in My Life’s History by Kallir)

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