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Multiplication Tables on gFlashPro on my iPhone

Multiplication Tables on gFlashPro on my iPhone (Photo credit: Wesley Fryer)

Check out the Thesaurus' sibling, Dictionary.
Check out the Thesaurus’ sibling, Dictionary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember when we memorized telephone numbers, learned multiplication tables, and wrote in cursive, do you?  Since the dawn of the computer era, things like these have gone by the wayside.  What would we do without machines?  Having a good memory, good fine motor skills, and the ability to do some tasks by hand (not machine) at least exercise our brain and reinforce the capacity to learn and do new things with our mind, our senses, and our bodies.  I know you think I should use spell check; but I try first to get the spelling right on my own.  I have a Thesaurus (and I am sure you can get an apt for that ); but I try to think of a synonym on my own expanding my vocabulary when I do this.

You know you should exercise your body to keep it healthy and it is suggested that you do something that requires movement on a regular basis.  It can be an activity that you enjoy such as playing a sport, walking somewhere instead of driving somewhere, parking farther away from where you want to go in a parking lot, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, even doing housework or yard work.

You also should keep your mind sharp by exercising it.  This was easier to do when people relied more on their memory than they do now in the information age.  You can learn a new language, take up a new hobby where you acquire new knowledge about some subject such as astronomy, and sharpen your fine motor skills by drawing, doing calligraphy, fixing and maintaining fire arms. etc.

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Adjusting to Life as We Mature


Neuroplasticity (Photo credit: gever tulley)

In my opinion, there is no unhappier person than one who can’t handle changes and (to go along with this) who can’t make timely decisions.  There is time when we get older when we should makes some decisions about our life which then would lead to changes.   It is good to know what you like but this shouldn’t  keep you from trying new things.  Children experience new things all the time and change what they do because of this.  There is no time limit on this as the brain keeps changing as we learn new things.  In science, this is called neuroplasticity.

Jane Fonda in her book, Prime Time, talks about doing a life history as a way of  seeing ourselves in a new way.  It shows what paths we took and where they led us.  Then we can decide if we want to make changes in our life.  For example, a woman discovers that she has always needed a man in her life (she has not felt self-sufficient) and she has gone from one relationship to another adjusting the way she acts and sometimes thinks to be a better fit in each new relationship and has lost her real self along the way.

If you bend, you might not break.  No one can count on everything going their way even if they know they are right and that’s the way it should be.  We can have comfortable routines but if we can not keep them,  we shouldn’t explode with negative affect like anger, tears, nd/or even rage.

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