"A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." ---Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
This week, with Tom away, I've been camped out every evening in the "library" -- my favorite room in our house -- passing the time the way I like best when I'm On My Own: reading, knitting, sipping wine (or coffee or a cup of tea) . . . and contemplating.
It is a great place to sit and reflect on how thankful I am . . . for my mind!
I'm no genius, that's for certain. But I am a thinker. A daydreamer. A work-it-out-in-your-head kind of gal. And I thank my mind - my brain - for that!
I'm thankful for being able to read and analyze and put two-and-two together. I'm thankful for a good education.
I'm thankful for a mind that stretches and imagines and plans. My mind wanders . . . usually forward. . . and I love planning and scheming and figuring out What Next.
It's pretty amazing when you stop and think about what your brain is really capable of. Complex analysis of myriad problems and issues. Deciding what's for dinner. Remembering phone numbers. Keeping things straight. Imagining a new design. Sorting new ideas. Calculating measurements. Deciphering knitting patterns.
I'm grateful for ways to stretch my mind and keep it nimble. Challenging books. New dance steps. Puzzles. Exposing myself to new ideas and concepts. Trying new things.
I'm thankful for continuous education. I'm a strong believer in lifelong learning; reaching out for new opportunities and new challenges.
And I'm thankful for my memory. I try not to get bogged down in the the past -- but it is certainly wonderful to be able to recall past events and moments and feelings.
I'm so thankful for my mind --- my own little private space --- where I can plan and imagine and learn and remember!