CLEANING OUT THE JUNK
Always a step behind, I am still thinking about how to make life better for the New Year. Traditionally, we do some cleaning that is hard to plan, or too physically difficult. Nearly always, we dig out unused or unwanted items to donate to charities.
Invariably, there are old papers sensitive enough that they need burning. As a writer, I have a heap of unused ideas, scraps of beginnings with no endings, fiction I wrote just for fun, and sometimes an article or a few to tell me “how”.
CLEANING OUR BRAINS
That reminded me of a phrase I read at another blog, from a young woman who would know more about it than I. Being a step-behind includes phraseology and trending expressions. So I didn’t recognize the term she used. Well, to be fair, I am a couple of generations behind this young blogger.
The phrase was not new this year. I found a few other mentions on the net. Some were very important-looking articles and some were stern lectures on what you (I ) should be doing this year. Note: add ‘this decade’ to this idea. Then there were the thousands of ‘how to’ articles about living more simply, more frugally, and as minimalists. Cleaning -out was the priority.
And here it is ladies and gentlemen, the phrase for the year, the idea that will set you apart, the concept for a plan for all plans. “Brain Dump”. Why didn’t I think of that?
I’ve been shifting gears in my mind-set so that I could take a left turn, or a right turn, or whatever was required to suddenly change from one task to another. Because, hey, shifting gears was the important phrase for the year. Whatever year that was. Now I need to clean up my brain and start fresh.
A brain-dump is a brilliant idea – author unknown. And the young lady who wisely laid out what a brain-dump entailed, and did it in an appealing way, was a step-ahead. Something I am not.
Thank you Shelby. It truly is a helpful concept.
Creative people have even come up with journals, prompts, and lists specifically made for regularly scheduled brain dumps. Who would have thought it?!
SATURDAYS ARE FOR CLEANING OUT JUNK
I will now set aside Saturdays (time unknown) to dump the clutter from my brain, along with dumping paper trash into the burner, dumping the morning’s burnt toast, and dumping unwanted items at Goodwill. Cleaning out closets is the fun part; and the traumatic part.
I’m really looking forward to freeing up some brain space for fresh- stuff.
As “HOPE Givers”, as those of us who are challenged by chronic illnesses, we may fall into that pit where our brains become overwhelmed by trying. We tend to over-do it, and set over-the top expectations or lofty goals for the next time; or we beat ourselves up when our own plan doesn’t work. Getting stuck in the rut, can we forget to pray it through and wait for God’s will and enabling? We can approach Sunday too exhausted or too ill. Sunday should be where we can refresh and renew! What about doing a brain dump on Saturday or one or two days before?
The bible tells us we need to re-new our minds as well. What a great idea Paul had, and obviously it was very wise to know that we needed this. In the Roman’s time, and still today, our minds are assaulted by the enemy’s weapons and his expert use of them. Constantly distracted by the next big thing, we allow our calendar to make demands, and definitely delegate socializing to our smart phones. We are called out by loud voices telling us we need to do this, when we need to do that, that we’re going to be late, or if we’re going to miss something.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
So if a brain-dump on Saturday will refresh and clear out my mind to receive the good news of Jesus Christ on Sunday, I am ready. I’ll be ready to fill my brain with the things he intends, like the things found in Philippians 4:8.
“Whatsover things are honorable, just, pure, commendable … Think on these things.”
A Brain Dump just might be the best trend I’ve found.
April Boyer © 2018
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