Cardinal Rule Number Six

Cardinal Rule Number Six says:
“Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answers; they will come to you when you least expect them.”
Please tell me I’m not the only person who has had this happen: you’re in a conversation with someone and you just can’t place the name of someone else. Let’s say you are talking about that movie, you know the one? The one where that actor played the doctor who experimented on mental patients? It was set in the mid-west (btw, if we on the east coast refer to Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and the Dakotas as being in the mid-west, do people from California refer to those same states as the mid-east?), and had a big farm in it where they would gather random homeless people…
No? I can’t think of it, either.
Then later, when you’re in the shower or setting the table for dinner…BAM! the name of the movie comes popping back into your head as if you were reading it off of a billboard (which we don’t have in Vermont, so you’d be SOL…). Perhaps it is because when we’re doing things like showering or setting the table, our minds are free to let thoughts flow, and these are the times when the random details of the day are able to connect with memories? I dunno.
What I do know, at least for ME, is that when I’m running on trails, hiking, walking, or just generaly exercising, I have ALL KINDS of ideas that flow through my brain. I could be sitting around watching a movie, then cook, and do chores, and my brain will just be frantic with racing thoughts, ideas that don’t make sense, and anxiety about things that may or may not ever happen. I also get caught up in the ‘what if’ rat race. Ugh. I hate that one! This one mostly happens in the middle of the night after I wake up for no apparent reason and can’t get back to sleep. Anyone else? Just me? Great.
“Free your mind, and the rest will follow.” -TLC- i think, or mebbe they stole it. i dunno.
Years ago I had terrible trouble falling asleep. My mind would race with things left undone at work, worry about my health, worry about my relationships, etc. etc. etc. Then I took up rock climbing. I love to climb. Why? Basically because it forces me to focus. I can’t be very successful on a route if I’m worrying about the TPS Reports.

Cardinal Rule Number Six
Cardinal Rule Number Six
It is said that exercise releases some feel good chemicals into our blood stream, and perhaps those, too, are reasons why ideas and answers tend to come rushing in while working out. Not sure of that, either. Recalling Cardinal Rule Number Six, from now on I am going to try to relaaaaaax and let the answers find me.

Be Well, Do Good,

Gene

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