Due to a housing shortage at the seminary where my Doctoral program meets (it is an ecumenical program with several schools including Garrett-Evangelical), I couldn’t stay in Hyde Park the first week of classes. I got a room at my seminary, Garrett-Evangelical (G-ETS), and I’ve been commuting to-and-from class this first week.
I was not looking forward to the commute. Something happened, though, the moment I stepped on campus: I felt as though I was home. It is not just a building. It is not just a landmark or even a person that I know. It is the experiences that form my memories which make G-ETS feel like home and those memories are triggered when I see the sights, smell the smells, sit in the space.
When strong memories are triggered they can transport us. Sometimes they transport us across time, sometimes across space, and sometimes both. Each night this week I have gone walking by the lake. When I go for these walks I am not walking down a physical path: I am walking in a different time.
What triggers your favorite memories?
Perhaps this week you can find some of these triggers that transport you to a different time and place.