Today, as I celebrate the life of my little brother on the 2nd year anniversary of his passing, I am ever reminded of just how powerful memories can be. Not only do they allow us to experience closeness with departed loved ones, they also remind us of past successes, failures, and difficulties, and while they can be rich and fulfilling, they can also be dark, painful, and paralyzing. But it’s important to be aware that just as “stuck” as bad memories can make us, good ones can. For instance, what if the pride of being a high school football phenom 20 years ago convinces you that you don’t have to accomplish anything else? Or what if never moving on from a good relationship that ended abruptly and unexpectedly a decade ago is the reason you’re averse to love now? There’s no question about it, memories impact a great deal of our lives and can often be the reason we either sink or swim. Today, as you recount the good, the bad, the ups, and the downs, commit yourself to not getting so stuck reminiscing that you forget to perform. After all, life will move on…with or without you.