I’m not writing much these days except to take notes in church and post the odd blog entry. I’m not happy about it, but that’s the way it is for the time being. I didn’t even attempt NaNo this year because I knew it was nuts to consider writing 50K words in a month when I was working two jobs, having out of town guests for a week, and dealing with all the other things that daily life throws at you.
But . . .
The brain never stops churning.
I have jotted down several ideas for my current writing projects and come up with a few brilliant concepts for new stories. So technically, I have been writing. Right? Or at least I’ve been thinking about writing. Come on, a little encouragement here would help!
I long for the day when I don’t have to be anywhere at a specific time to do inventory or talk to the disgruntled customer or to change the shift schedule yet again. While I do enjoy both jobs I currently have, and they are paying the bills, I am usually too exhausted at the end of every day to do anything more than get my kitchen cleaned up after dinner and watch a little TV before I crash for the night. Writing doesn’t even cross my mind.
But soon, folks. Very soon.
The churning brain is still popping out ideas.
I’ve been reading a young adult fantasy that stretches the limits of even my over-active imagination. Yeah, I know. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
But it got me thinking, as most everything does.
The human mind is a fascinating thing. There has yet to be a computer built that comes remotely close to duplicating it. The mind takes in everything, stores it away in some kind of complex filing system, and it’s all there whenever the information needs to be accessed. Even if you think you’ve forgotten.
Ah, but there’s a catch.
Your mind, just like the rest of your body parts, gets sluggish and stale, and will eventually atrophy if you don’t exercise it. You have to keep your brain in shape. Stretch it. Bend it. Use it. Read books that make you think. Engage in conversations that make you think. Get a job that makes you think. Write down what you think. Do crosswords and sudoku puzzles. Anything to keep your mind active, alert and chugging along in the general direction of growth and improvement. Seriously.
We’ve been given an amazing gift, folks. God outdid Himself when He created us in His very image – including His supremely creative mind. I love it that God’s creation power resides in me. I love it that He wants me to use it. And I am so very thankful that I have the ability to be a part of what He is doing here on this earth.
Your mind is too valuable to let it slide into disuse. Keep it busy.
Write, sing, paint, talk, listen, pray, . . . THINK!
And thank God for every minute.