January 18, 2018

Exercising the Mind

How lazy are we humans?
We exercise the body... maybe.. if we get time.. if we think of it.. if we can get ourselves moving and motivated.
We procrastinate in so much. "Oh, I will do it later," rather than getting it done when it needs doing and then we sit on our fat behinds doing.. what?
What do we do instead of what needs to be done?
What we do is promote stagnation in mind and body.
 We use the tired excuse that we aren't capable of doing things. And that excuse is pure, unadulterated, 100% organic, smelly Horse Hockey.

Listen, the mind needs exercise as well as the body.
Now Toni was putting up a good brain exercise every week. She posted a small number of questions in story form and challended us to fill in the blanks and create something.

"Oh, I am just not creative!"
No, of course not if you never try to create.  Sheesh! Cause-Effect!

A while back,  Marva Collins knew that children could learn far more than they did.
In impoverished Westside Park in Chicago, Mrs. Collins was troubled at children labeled "learning disabled".      Oh, no they were not!
Mirs. Collins started her own school teaching Shakespeare and Latin to students who every one thought could not learn.
Stupid you say? No. Both expand the mind just as Mozart will increase your IQ.
Did the kids learn? You bet they did. She taught them to move, stretch themselves and get going.
"I could never learn Latin or Shakespeare."    Nope, not with that "I
have already failed before I even bother" attitude you can't.

Let  me ask you: has your education ceased? Why?
This isn't really off topic but speaks to a problem people have.  A woman on the radio was talking about "back in 'my' generation, etc..."
Wait a minute, lady. YOUR generation? Does that mean you are dead now and speaking from the grave? Because if you are alive this is still YOUR generation and will be until you kick the bucket.  Your are already finished before you finish. That is pathetic isn't it?

I mention this because it is a mind set that is downright evil. You limit yourself to the past and that is always a great mistake. You are never too old to learn, to grow, to exercise the mind and the character. Yes, character, like muscles, needs to be used to grow.
When you say you have no imagination and can't write a story you are limiting yourself willfully and limiting your growth. You can do it. You can do whatever you put your mind to do.
Your generation is NOW. Your generation is the one you are living in right now. This is your time.
Stop warehousing yourself and get back to shaking the earth, changing, teaching, learning and growing in knowledge and wisdom.
No one says that your story must win a Pulitzer prize. No one expects it to be earth-shattering in scope or even grammatically perfect!  What they do expect is to see a bit more of you and your ideas.  It is what blogging is all about.

Worry that no one will like what you blog is ego gone wild. Drop it. Just drop it and move on.  You have a huge amount to give and share and I don't care who you are or what lame excuse you come up with. You are amazing!

You say you have nothing to blog about? Toni gave you something. Use it, darn it.
You don't have ideas?  You really come right out and admit that? Whoa....
Where does your mind go? How does it get there? What is your process of thinking?
And the benefit to you? Growth my friend.
Think outside the box. Use your past experiences, your friends, your dreams and hopes to fill in blanks., but use your mind.Stretch yourself to be more than you are. Don't sit back and we satisfied with who and what you are. Grow!
We are in the image of God. Well, are you? Are you smart? Are you composed of stellar character and high morals? Is your understanding of world events correct or even real?
How do you know?
Learn! Do things. Get outside of your comfort zone and learn to do more than you do.
Never stop learning or growing, giving and sharing who and what you are with others.
We need one another.

You want ideas for blogging?
Tell us how you clean your home. What products do you use? Why?
What books are read? Why?
What hobbies do you enjoy?
Got a problem? Ask the community to help sort it out.
Tell us about breakfast. Do you  realize we run out of ideas and need your help on dinners, lunches and breakfast ideas?
What do you wear. What makeup is best? Let us know. We need you. We just really do.
Give advice. Give support. Give your time in blogging. You have things to give whether you realize it or not.
Stop finding excuses to do nothing. As I said, you really are amazing. Stop hiding your light beneath a bushel and give yourself a chance.
 I can be very blunt, I know, but I love people and want to see them succeed and reach their hightest potential.
Now I don't want to have to get tough here.. so shape up.
No animals were harmed in the making of this rant.
Love and kisses,


  1. Whew!! I'm glad I wrote my creative adventure BEFORE I read this...otherwise I'd have to go do it again! LOL!! Great job, Anne!! I think we are going to start a Toni's Creative Adventures revival! I am guilty of not trying before, but today I made up my mind to at least give it a try, and I enjoyed it. So now I am going to go back and try some of the other memes she has posted and see if I can get more creative. This week I have suffered some brain fog from anesthesia, and it has made me realize that I could lose my brain cells if I don't use them. SO, my one word RENEW applies to my brain cells. Watch out, brain, here we come!!! Thank you, Anne...you have riled me up!!

    1. So glad you joined in. I think memes are important ways to get to share who you are with others and we need one another in this world. We all have tons to give if only we saw that.
      :) Loved your post.

  2. Great motivator Annie! Love your bitmoji! :)

  3. Well....my thing is, being back in school, time is pretty limited...lol. GREAT POST!! Love it, Annie. As for excersising the brain, I am the oldest in all my classes and prob. the oldest with the professors as well, with the exception of the Art History professor.

  4. Good Morning !
    I recently read a quote that basically said that as difficult as it is to stand up to your enemies,it is more difficult to stand up to your friends.After reading this post,I'm grateful you have stood uo FOR your friends !Realizing we each really do have what we need (if used in a creative way),and don't use it to advantage,made this post timely indeed !
    Thank you for caring about us,it really makes a difference !
    Be well,my friend...

  5. Wow! Thank you Annie. I guess I'll have to use my brain cells and start thinking of more weekly adventures. I truly appreciate you my friend. Hugs

  6. WoW Annie, that was some good ranting...I really liked the rant on blog ideas!~ lol

  7. I think the problem today is that entertainment/technology has stolen people's thought process from doing what it is intended to do. People sit for hours entertained by other things. Getting outside, building something, creating something, doing something is worth a whole lot! I agree with your rant, and feel you said things so very well. I liked your blogging prompt ideas as well, and have told many bloggers some of the same things, just be real and share your life, and see if you don't learn, grown, and make new friends in the process. I'm happy I met you in blogland Annie :)

  8. I'm standing up and applauding right now! So good, Annie. I have to be honest and confess that I've been very guilty of this in the last few months. I've not blogged - stating I have nothing to say when in fact, I could have talked about all sorts of things. I somehow didn't ever catch Toni's question and story lines. I wish she would continue it. I have actually begun writing again and love it. It's all pretty private and nothing I could share but at least I am writing again. Well said, my friend!


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