This week I have been forced to consider what I have been learning. Have you ever recognised that your mind is a bit like a muscle? If you want it to stay sharp you have got to stretch it! We seem to be naturally lazy and so we need to prod it and push it to make it perform. It does not happen overnight, but if you allow it to stay idle and unexercised it will revert to useless flab, making one of your most useful assets mere weight that will hold you back! What have you done this week to stretch your mind?
Here ae three suggestions to give you some good mental exercise that will keep the cobwebs from growing:
- READ! This appears to have fallen out of favour in recent years, but it is still vital to open your mind to a bigger world. Read widely – not just what you are comfortable with. Read wisely – taking time to think about the meaning and application.
- TALK! Go beyond talking about the weather and the football and deal with the how’s and why’s of life! Be prepared to discuss issues, ideas and concepts that will mean something in the long term. As you talk, probe and question, your mind will be forced to reason through specifics and take you to places you have never been before.
- WRITE! As somebody once said, “thoughts disentangle themselves over the lips and through the finger tips.” Have you ever kept a journal? I find that is a great way to spell out what is going on in my mind. It spells out ideas, feelings, struggles, hopes and dreams. In some respects it forces me to articulate who I am and where I’m going.
So, this weekend I am going to re-prioritise to make sure I do some mental exercise as well as physical. Come to think about it, maybe I will need to do some spiritual exercise as well!
Chaplain Ian S Whitley