I’ve become a collector of little moments: small sparks of brightness, wishful wants, and the ordinary. They help me process information and to cherish impressions. Consequently, I am a recovering stutter of words and brain farts, those moments when I grasp for words, maybe even visualize it, but cannot spit it out. It’s beyond being “on the tip of my tongue;” it’s embarrassing. Fortunately, I found an app that helps with that – the memories that is, not the awkward pausing. The HighNotes App provides a platform for me to collect these nuggets of marvels.
Notebooks are great too, but I can’t upload a picture quickly onto it. Closeup nature stills are art to me. Capturing a replied text or a comment on Twitter are emotional art to me. I screenshot these and tuck them away on my digital notebook. Contemplating the importance of this app, I listed some reasons (because a list is a collection too.)
- Visualize: The picture helps capture fleeting moments and feelings.
- Beauty: Endorphins are released. I reread, smile and saturate myself.
- Joy: Surrounding myself with goodness because I fight the negative in the world and the lie monster in my head that says I’m not enough.
- Blessings: God has blessed me in so many ways. I want my hope to stay fresh and cling to His faithfulness. This focus defeats the anxiety that cleverly creeps in.
- Laughter: It feels good to remember. It’s even better when shared.
- Memory Igniter: Writing helps my mind process quicker. Thus, I have fewer brain farts.
- Reflection: I remember I am capable, I have skills, I can tackle the next task. Constantly learning.
- Lab: I try out words, rearrange and change. It’s a notebook of my private thoughts until I’m ready to share.
- Organize: Relief. I have a place to collect my nuggets of noticings besides my photos, decluttering and making quick access.
- Collection: Just because.
Some sampling entries: