There are certain songs that I hear or places that I visit that instantly remind me of someone or something from my past. Sometimes it can even be a certain smell. It is interesting to me how my mind works. My husband laughs at me because he will say "remember when we went ..." and I don't remember at all, but drive past a Cross Country Inn and I can tell you the construction order or number it was assigned (I worked in the Construction Department of Cross County Inn Corporate Office for a while in my early 20's). There are just certain things that are forever etched in my mind.
Last month my husband and daughter went to a youth conference with our church. He went as a chaperon and had to drive 6 teenage girls 3 hours each way. He told me an interesting story about what another church does on every youth conference they attend. Every Jr. high trip they take, the seniors pick out a song for the trip and that is the only song that is played. Think about that for a moment. Three hours in a van with teenagers and only one song is played over and over and over again - and the same song is on for the entire trip back too. Why do they do this? They told my husband that they do it to create a lasting memory, so that no matter when they hear that song in their lives, they will always remember that trip.
I try to create good memories for my family, friends and staff. For me, the goal is that after I am long gone, I can still put a smile on their face from a memory I created with them. As the saying goes, people won't remember things you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel.