Mark S. Zimmerman
Sentimentality has become a lost ideal. The significance of a secular object, something temporary, simply existing in the moment, can contain similar emotions, which are attached to something sacred. Has commodification slowed our progress of remembering? Mass-production has, in my mind, to some extent, slightly shattered sentimentality.
Any object, action, or even a sound, and definitely a scent can trigger a memory. Whether that memory is positive or negative, simply having a memory is a good thing. When that is gone, what do we have? It is important to remember the good times and the bad times. The good times are like little weightless trophies, while the bad times teach us a valuable lesson. Failure is as important as success, if not more so. We must learn! We must remain hopeful. War is war. Sadness is sadness. Both can be overcome. Remaining optimistic in the face of failure, that gives us character.

Personal expression makes us whole. If it is our history that provides the platform for our stability, it is up to us to construct the content. We all build bridges. We all have our crutch. How we prepare for any instance, whether assumed or surprising, we chose how to handle that challenge.

I hope to answer some of these questions.