Growing Your Brain, Forever

Linda Sage
emb7   How’s your education coming along? While there is a good chance that you are out of school, that is no reason to stop learning.
When you think about the people you have known, the ones who are most fully alive, invariably, it is those who have never stopped learning who come to mind. These same folks have developed creative strategies to keep themselves from becoming stuck in a rut, no matter how comfortable that rut may seem.
I recently worked with a couple, who had both worked in the NHS all of their working life, in one role or another, they had looked forward to their mutual retirement and having time together. After a few weeks of being at home, I got chatting to them at a local charity open day,  they tried to do things together during the day, but they felt that their evenings at home in front of the TV were becoming dull. So, they agreed to turn off the television every night for an hour and spent the time taking turns reading aloud to each other and then discuss the reading. They decided magazines and romance or detective novels were off limits, but everything else was open. They read some philosophy, some theology, and a great deal of biography. They really got into Churchill’s history of World War II. After doing this every evening for a few weeks, they found that their powers of concentration had increased. Most evenings, they never turned the television set on at all.
Many large organisations require some of their staff members to take a certain amount of continuing education every year. Many corporations help their employees pay for tuition. For some, this continuing education may seem difficult, but is education a line item in your personal budget? If it isn’t, should it be? With the proliferation of on-line courses – a lot of them free or with a minimal charge – you don’t even need to leave the house to learn something new.
Just because you are no longer in school, it doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. If you are like most people, you have probably learned more since you graduated, than you ever did in school! Education is a lifelong endeavour. It’s good for your brain, because it doesn’t have to stop growing. In fact, the brain loves to learn and build new neural pathways. The brain stops growing because you stop challenging it.
If you are serious about personal growth, you will take the time to nourish your intellect as well as your heart and soul. It is a great way to evade that Law of Entropy…
Caring for yourself no matter what age you are, is not a luxury it is a necessity.
I have a FREE self-care bitesize video platform with loads of great tips about caring for yourself –  http://bit.ly/FreeVideoChannel  You can access it at any time.
Be kind to yourself.
Regards
Linda

 

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