Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Iron rusts from disuse, water loses its purity from stagnation … even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
— Leonardo da Vinci
After a long day of working or doing errands, we may want to sit and not do a thing. But although our bodies may be physically tired, our minds may be just the opposite.
If we’re plagued by tired, cranky thoughts after a day’s activity, we might discover our minds are too hooked into our feelings. We can separate the mind from the body and learn to chase away stinking thinking. We might treat our tired bodies to a bath while we treat our minds to a good book. While we’re soaking our feet or resting in an easy chair, we can put on some music. Or we can put aside the hectic pace of the day and throw our creative energies into preparing a new recipe.
There are countless ways to wake up our minds even if our bodies are tired. Instead of collapsing in front of the television or eating junk food, we can change our focus. We can tune out the signals of the day and turn on our minds.
Did I exercise my mind tonight?
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation