The Importance of a Pensieve

For those of you who have read the Harry Potter’s series, you should remember Dumbledore’s Pensieve, first introduced in the fourth book of the series “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling.

For the rest of you, let me present the concept of a Pensieve:

Albus Dumbledore: “This? 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.” — Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter discussing Dumbledore’s Pensieve

“I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.” — Albus Dumbledore explaining what a Pensieve is

Unfortunately , we can’t practice magic and therefore we can’t have Dumbledore’s Pensieve.

However, we can apply the same concept in our “muggle” reality. We put our memories on paper in a journal or a blog. We record our thoughts through videos or audios. We write poems about our feelings. There are multiple forms of art that allow us to unload our thoughts or ideas from our mind when there are too many of them crammed into our mind. And this a pretty common practice.

But the majority of us does nothing with our notes afterwards. We just let them sit there and ultimately forget about them.

While Dumbledore used the Pensieve not only as a storage for his thoughts but also as a way to examine them later in order to better understand them. This is the most valuable use of the Pensieve. That’s what makes it a powerful artifact and a crucial tool to defeat Lord Voldemort.

This is why I encourage you to go back to your journals, blogs, videos regularly in order to shine a new light on the thoughts and ideas you had before.

It allows for the sorting of memories and for seeing patters, and links you would otherwise have missed.

It allows you to learn from the past in order to evolve and become a better version of yourself.


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