Any Harry Potter nerd worth his or her wand will know exactly what a pensieve is and what it does. For those who have not read the books or seen the movies, here’s the explanation by none other than Professor Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School for Witches and Wizardry:
“It is called a Pensieve. I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.”
The pensieve is literally a stone bowl whose contents look like swirling misty waters. Dumbledore often pulled memories out of his head with his wand to temporarily store them in the pensieve to revisit at another time.
It’s a great idea. Often there are so many things going on in my life that it’s hard to keep track of them all. I believe that writing helps me to compartmentalize thoughts and ideas, which is initially why I started this blog.
Although I am not terribly tech-savvy, I do appreciate some of the offshoots of technology, one of which the “web log,” or “blog” as we have come to know it. In this way, people can connect throughout the world and write about their lives, experiences, ideas, and more. Stories and poetry can be shared that enlighten, encourage discussion, foster understanding, touch others’ hearts—much like the stories once told around campfires centuries ago.
I find that, after writing something I feel has merit (or just something I want to share), it gives me some satisfaction that I have done something worthwhile in the day. I have posted personal experiences, some of my own poetry and stories, recipes, “how to” information, and so on.
I’ve nattered on about family and friends, and written tributes to people I love, to the cats I have loved and do love, to the sight, sounds and smells of the changing seasons, and so on. I have told old and new stories about my family and friends, and in sharing these things have met fellow writers who have enriched my life.
So, I guess in my way I have my own pensieve; my thoughts and ideas all go into my blog. While I don’t need a wand to pull those thoughts and ideas out of my head, I still get that “clearing” sensation in putting words into a post. There is magic in writing; often we can only process our thoughts and visions by writing them out. While my emotions may clog my voice, my writing speaks for me. If I can’t say it, I can write it.
Welcome to my pensieve; there is plenty of room in here for all things and everyone.