What Are You Thinking?

 

Bings Landing, Hammock Florida

A friend phoned to invite me out today, I declined saying I was hoping to have a thought, something to write about, as Sunday is my day to post. I had not had one yet, and explained that these days I have to jumpstart my brain, and in addition, my sister had been visiting and we had been sightseeing. The pictures above were taken at Bings Landing where we had lunch at The Captains BBQ and enjoyed the view.  

The conversation caused me to think about thinking, or my failure to. I take that back, I think but not quickly and grab paper and pencil to write down my thoughts, so I do not forget. It didn’t used to be this way.

Before turning 70 years of age, I could keep a thought or idea in my head to be retrieved later. It occurred to me that maybe there is no more room in my head for new thoughts and perhaps the reason we keep thinking old thoughts, i.e., when I was young milk was 25 cents a gallon is because we have accumulated too many thoughts, many of which are dated.

Is there a way to get rid of old thoughts? Head concussions and strokes cause memory loss although these measures would be drastic. Perhaps we can delete or compress some thoughts to make space for new thoughts by viewing old thoughts from a new perspective. For example, can stale bread be made into bread pudding?

The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, ‘Luckiest guy in the world’ reported on the 100th Birthday celebration for Howard Turner a volunteer ambassador at Daytona Beach Airport. When asked about aging he said, “I’m lucky to be walking around. I don’t have a cane. I’m not in a wheelchair, I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” Who could argue with him. He did not talk about memory loss and says he looks to the future, perhaps that is his delete button.

We know the body slows down and the mind becomes stale with aging, but should we throw the loaf of bread out or make bread pudding?

I am thinking of standing on my head, it is just a thought.

What are you thinking?

. . . . just saying

 

14 thoughts on “What Are You Thinking?

  1. I have both old and new in my head all the time. I try to write as much as I can to get rid of some things, because night time comes around and all I can do is overthink what I’ve done or should have done. Does that make sense? Definitely make the bread pudding! ; )

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  2. Just to say I love this one. Some days it is zany and some days it is just plain the slowest ever. Can not complete or compete anymore.

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  3. I agree it would be nice to purge some of those old memory files so there would be room for new stuff. But our brains don’t seem to work that way! I turned 70 this past year. I think regular mental and physical exercise make a big difference in overall health and well being. But I wouldn’t attempt standing on my head (Ha!)

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  4. Maybe you just need to start jamming your head with new thoughts. A walk with a friend can do that. Or a solo non-purchasing shopping trip. You have inklings hiding in your head behind the junk that keeps popping up. Take a mini notebook everywhere and jot down ideas that jump into your head and take a look at them later when you’re not pushing yourself to come up with ideas. You will be surprised what is triggered. You can do it!

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