Mental gymnastics for fitness, fun and joy
Word Finds keep scrolling across my Facebook wall. Those grids with scrambled letters asking you, “What is the first word you see?” Then, if you dare to share your discovery in the comments, you can find out what other people have seen. An interesting exercise. My mind races…
- does my “first word” really say anything about me?
- do I dare share it in the comments?
- which would say something about me…
- oh, okay, I’ll share it. Today’s word was “joy.” That’s a good word.
- I wonder if that means I have joy on the brain.
- oh, look at that. Other people saw “wealth.” I would not have shared that if that was my first word.
- and there’s “team.” I saw that second. Maybe I should have shared that one. It looks better for someone in my business.
Oh my goodness. How quickly I jump from freely seeking to framing judgment. From what some might describe as creative and/or right-brained to analytical and/or left-brained. I dance across the hemispheres.
I like the creative. I’m not too fond of the analytical. Because it takes me places I would rather not go. (worry, second-guessing, judgment, anxiety, even paranoia) Alas, it is what takes me through most of my day. Except my mornings. When I let the creative out to play. And she shuffles words and plays with rhythms. She imagines pictures and colors in sights and sounds. The analyst steps aside, just sweeping up the bits of stardust that get too far afield and tossing them back into the swirl.
In the flourish of morning, I sometimes pick up the “Jumble” from the newspaper. I used to adore doing the “Junior Jumbles” when I was a kid. Now I have graduated to the adult version. The Atlanta paper prints them as I remember them. The Washington Post has re-invented them. Now they are Jumble Crosswords. That means there are “clues” to the unscrambling of letters.
Oh my. I unscramble with the ‘right brain’ and solve with the ‘left brain.’ Now what? I’ve no choice but to leap.
It’s the leap of trust that there will be both footing and a leaping back. The miraculous thing is that I can. I have spent all my years knowing and yet confirming that the analytical is there. The Rock of Gibraltar. It’s not going anywhere. It will be there. A firm foundation.
But the other land. Where things are fluid and ever-changing. Where there are rivers of surprise, fields of delight and sometimes monsters around the bend. This is a land of discovery. It’s not rock, but it’s not slippery. I wouldn’t want to stay (t)here all the time, but it’s fun when I visit.
What the Word Finds and the Jumble have helped me discover is that I can leap from one ‘land’ to the other without falling into an abyss. I am welcome in both. In fact, I am more agile when I do. A bit more flexible. A bit more powerful. A bit more “joy” full.
It may actually be this leaping that makes me unique. Or at least different. I must figure out whether fantasy-land is open for business in the afternoons. Or perhaps it has evening hours.
One thing is for sure. The Jumbles are a breeze. The Sudokus tie me in a knot. Perhaps I haven’t changed as much as I thought. I guess it’s nice to think that the older me is still the same me. But it’s hard to be agile when all those thoughts are weighing you down.
Maybe I need to lighten up…. into my afternoons.
Posted on October 8, 2013, in Body, Cool Science and tagged agility, analytical, brain, creative, creativity, Crossword, Jumble, mental gymnastics, Mind, psychology, word find. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
My word always seems to be “fun.” I love those sudokus. Wonder what that says about me… Thanks for another wonderful blog. I really enjoy your writing.
My 78 year old dad is a wiz at the sudoku. When I try them, I seem to be missing something 🙂 Perhaps a lobe or two. The scary thing is, all these years I thought I was supposed to be good at them and discounted being good at Jumbles. Got that all jumbled, I guess. Thanks for your kind words and for reading, dear Judy.