I hate forgetting things—like really hate it. My to-do list is ridiculous, and when people see the way I organize my week, I try to hide my calendar as quickly as possible so I don't have to explain my intense need to schedule time to actually do everything I think I need to accomplish in the week. I write it all down because I hate forgetting things. Oh, I've mentioned that, haven't I?
However, there are times when I am thankful for my forgetfulness. Someone will come up to me and apologize for something they said last week; I don't remember the specifics of the encounter. If I have bitterness toward someone, I can't recall why exactly I have held onto it for so long, so I simply let it go and move on with my world. Perhaps my forgetfulness is really a blessing in disguise that I've learned to control for productivity reasons.
Can forgetfulness be learned? I don't know; I imagine so. I think it is a conscious decision at some point. What do you think? Do you use or consider "forgetting" as a self-care strategy?
Joni Watson, MSN, MBA, RN, OCN®, is a clinical nurse manager for University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, TX, part of the Seton Healthcare Family of Hospitals. Joni holds her degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Tyler and is a member of the Central Texas ONS chapter (CTONS). She resides in Austin and enjoys reading, shoe shopping, and spending time with her family. You can also find Joni at http://nursetopia.net.