|Sunday road trip to Moses Lake via Othello|
For example, recently I ran into this guy that I've met before but I couldn't remember his name and it was really bugging me. So I went up and talked to him and told him I was having a hard time remembering his name and he said, "oh, don't worry about it, everyone gets it wrong". I told him that I pride myself in remembering names and that I really wanted to get it right. So, he says, "it's just like "Peter" in the bible except the Spanish version. Pedro". Okay. So this is how it works. I quickly say to myself, okay this guy is Mexican -- Mexicans are Catholics (89% according to Wikipedia), Catholics read the bible, Peter has the same first initial as Pedro. Pedro!! His name is Pedro! Not Jesus or Jose or Diego or Adrian. It's Pedro. From that day on ... I will not forget his name. By the way, Pedro remembered my name. I am impressed by that.
You can use other things like "Blue Eyed Kevin", "Stan the Man", or other tricks like writing the name down and placing it where you can see it. When I worked as a receptionist, sometimes I would have a mental block regarding someone's name. That's when I put a little post-it note on my computer monitor with their name and leave it there until I have it committed to memory. If I still can't remember a name, I close my eyes and go through the alphabet in my mind and 99% of the time if comes back to me. It's a weird gift.
See, the thing is I have seen how it makes people feel when I remember their name. It gives me a thrill to see a warm smile wash over a new friend's face when they realize that I have remembered their name. I know how I feel when someone remembers my name. Does that happen to you?
I love people. Since February is the love month ~ just thought you should know I love you, whatever your name is! I know today is the last day of January but it's February somewhere, right?
P.S. I don't have the same gift for remembering places I've been. That's Gene's gift. That guy can remember every highway he's ever traveled. How does he do that?