Barbara and I were trying to remember the name of a writer well-known for works about Alaska, the Klondike, and life in the icy north. In my head, I started with the first letter of the alphabet and thought of “A” names. None rang true.
Then I moved to “B” names and the same thing….nope.
Next “C” names, and that went on thru “L” when the name “Jack London” sprang from my head. I said his name out loud, Barbara repeated right after me in confirmation.
On a whim, I told Barbara that in trying to remember the name, I had started with the “A” names and made it to “L” before remembering. She said she had made it thru the “C” names.
May I repeat?
She said she had made it thru the “C” names.
She said she had made it thru the “C” names. Apparently, she was doing a similar thing.
She confessed that is the strategy she often uses. An all this time, I thought I had the ultimate search engine!
Of course, I don’t use this technique all the time, with every question I’m asked. And sometimes when I do use it, I come up empty-handed.
When you are trying to remember something elusive, how does your “search engine” do it? I really want to know. Please leave comments.