My mind was like mud this morning – thick and unclear. I usually flow with words and creativity in the mornings, and it wasn’t until this morning that I understood the prayers of the elderly – “Thank you for waking me in my right mind.” I say that prayer often, but this morning it meant more to me. Eventually, the mud cleared. I don’t care if it’s my right or left mind, I thank God for the ability to think straight! Aging is a blessing, but it seems so inconvenient! I refuse to wait until I’m older to realize the blessing in functioning in my right mind. There are so many exercises to help keep the mind sharp, but just like physical exercise or eating healthy, we don’t always grasp the benefits until we hit middle age or older then we try to backstroke and make up for lost time. Funny, isn’t it?
Arthritis, Dementia, Osteoporosis, Urinary Incontinence, and the list continues. You may be saying, “I don’t want to hear about this right now,” and this very thought is why you’ll be doing the backstroke. I know my Monday morning, muddy mind was a combination of a few things mixed with the onset of menopause; I accept my older woman’s arrival. At the same time, I’m recognizing how blessed I am TODAY to be in my right mind, have activity of my limbs, am able to exercise, use the bathroom on my own, and have energy and strength to get through this day!
They (whoever they is) say youth is wasted on the young; I believe this, so let’s try to grasp the day, seize the moment, exercise, and enjoy our youth TODAY because our older woman will be knocking soon if she hasn’t already knocked. Enjoy your day and exercise your mind!