Mon, 11 August 2014
In today's book of the day, I'm going to talk about one of my all time favorite books "All Quiet on Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.
Remarque remarks, "To 'forget' is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There is much too little forgetting"
This is coming from a guy who survived the first world war, where a million men would die in a single battle, within a single week. Men would literally get their faces blown off and climb out of the trenches knowing that two thirds of them would die from enemy gunshots.
Growing up with certain Judeo-Christian influences, I remember a quote along the lines of "You must become like a little child before you can enter the kingdom".
So...practical takeaways: be like Warren Buffet and deeply ponder. Have your time when you mourn and you weep. But then learn to move on. Learn the lesson, but then forget it so you can remain eternally young.
Leave a comment here. Or reach out on @Tailopez if you're on Twitter. Ask yourself "What is a memory that you're better off forgetting? What is a memory that is making you old, stressing you out and dragging you down?
Remember, forgetting is the secret to eternal youth.