Remembering Names

At one time or another, you’ve probably forgotten someone’s name immediately after they introduced themselves.

All things considered, the best time to commit a moniker to memory is the first time you hear it. To keep it from slipping away, Lifehacker has a simple trick: Right after someone—say, Peter—says his name, start soundlessly chanting it in your mind. Even though he’s only said it once, you’ll “hear” it dozens of times, and the repetition will give you a chance to really connect his face to his name.

Another tip is to make the conversation about the person’s name. Since they’ve just introduced themselves, it might be the only opportunity you’ll have to talk about their name without it seeming out of the blue. An easy way to do this is to ask them about spelling, particularly if it’s a name you don’t recognize, or a name with multiple spellings, like Katherine or Hailey.

And, even if you’re not directly talking about a person’s name, you can still say it aloud once or twice. After Peter introduces himself, say “Nice to meet you, Peter,” and at the end of the conversation, part ways with a “Great talking with you, Peter!” or something similar.

Do you have a method to remember names?  If you forget do you apologize and ask again or do you just try to fake it through the conversation?  If we share this common problem it might be a solution to just to introduce yourself and put others at ease 🙂


Beautiful Intentional Act of Kindness

Anonymous postal worker sent girl a sweet package after she addressed a letter to ‘God’ about her dog in Heaven. Almost sounds like a Hallmark movie??

A Texas family suffered the loss of their pet, but in their story, you are sure to have your faith in humanity fully restored.

Greg and Joy Scrivener’s 14-year-old dog Abbey died in 2006. The day after she passed away, their 4-year-old daughter Meredith was so sad that she asked her mother if they could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.

She then dictated these words to her mother:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

They then put the letter in an envelope with two pictures of Abbey and addressed the envelope: “To: God in Heaven.” They wrote their San Antonio address on it and put it in the mailbox.

Soon after, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on their front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’. Inside was a book written by Mr. Rogers called When a Pet Dies. The original envelope and letter were also enclosed, along with the photos of their beloved black and white dog. Tucked inside the book was this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

This wonderful story is 100% true, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

It makes me wonder, “What kindness could I bestow on someone today?”