Less than a month till Christmas. Surprisingly I have not heard one Christmas jingle in the shops in Ziimbabwe yet, a flash of decoration here and there, but no music. Maybe someone lost all the recordings or possibly it is just a symptom of the state of our nation. What is your favourite Christmas memory? The Christmas ritual for my family often included listening to the 'Nine Lessons and Carols' from Kings College on Christmas Eve, so even now the sound of a soprano singing the opening verse of 'Once in Royal David's City' stirs emotion deep inside. Other memories include decorating the Christmas tree on my parents' wedding anniversary, eating the first mince pie in silence and watching my mother conduct a childrens' choir.
Why the sudden interst in memories? Well positive ones can help you feel better. If you are feeling down, pull out a few positive memories of events, achievements and successes. We can't dwell in the past, but we can at least enjoy the present.