At my office, I have a desk calendar based on the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each day, it gives a brief profile of an amazing place in the world. Recently, there was one about the Maldives. Did you know that it is the world’s lowest country? I learned that along with a couple other facts, and I looked it up on the world map.
A few days later, I was on Facebook, and I saw that my sister-in-law shared a memory from three years ago, when their family traveled to the Maldives on vacation. I’m sure I knew about that trip at the time, but it didn’t fully register with me where they went, because I didn’t know anything about the Maldives at the time.
This time, I had some background, some context for it. Just that little bit I learned about the Maldives was a hook to hang this on. This time, when I was reminded about my family’s trip, it registered like it hadn’t before.
Is that how your brain works, too? I find that, the more I know, the more I can know. When I have more hooks to hang things on, more things register, more information sticks, more sense can be made and more meaning can be found in what I learn.
So, just think: What we learn today might be a hook on which to hang what we learn tomorrow.
⇒ Is this how your brain works? Please add your thoughts below.