Sept. 11, 2017 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Keeping my mind active through good, intellectual discussions is important to me. Talking over golf scores doesn’t take us very far.
 — Louise Jerome

Small talk is what engages us much of the time. There’s nothing shameful about that. Many of the individuals we’re in the company of are strangers to us. Inconsequential discussions seem safer then. Yet, keeping our minds active through thoughtful discussions about the world expands our knowledge and awareness. This exercises our minds in important ways. Just as muscles atrophy when unused, so do minds.

Many people shy away from in-depth discussions. Maybe we frequently do that, too. Oftentimes it’s because we feel inadequate to others. Maybe we assume they are better educated. Fears of inadequacy are familiar to most of us. Will we ever learn that we are and always have been all that we’ve needed to be?

One of the good things about growing older, for some of us at least, is that we realize most worries don’t materialize; most situations aren’t as serious as we anticipated, and most people are more approachable than they first appear to be. Taking risks to share our thoughts gets easier the more we practice it. Let’s not shy away from this today.

I’ll dare to share my opinions today. A good discussion can energize me.

You are reading from the book:

Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey

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