I’ve started again. I’m taking the train every day to “the city,” as we call it here. A good thing about my one mile walks back and forth between the train station in Chicago and work is that I am getting exercise again! That’s helping this little diet Dave and I have going and helps me do what I am supposed to do anyway: exercise my muscles, including that important heart muscle everyone keeps talking about.
My trek has me crossing the winding Chicago River twice, short cutting through the lobby of the creative Merchandise Mart, heading north for a while alongside the ear-splitting “L” elevated train tracks. I was wondering this morning as I walked – do we use our mind muscle? Just to clarify, there are no real brain muscles, and I just read online that our brains are the consistency of warm butter, btw. (Is that cool or kind of nauseating?) But I’m thinking about the idea of using our minds, pressing them to go a little bit farther than usual, demanding that they take us to places that stretch us, and doing it with determination.
Do we travel unafraid? Not always. Sometimes I get creeped out crossing the Chicago River on a bridge with wood planks that look like they were nailed in during the Great Chicago Fire! Walking forward means you confront some scary or weird stuff sometimes. Like homeless people, like crazy drivers, like weather, like bridges that are the only way you are going to get from here to there so you have to cross them whether they creep you out or not.
On Tues., Oct. 30 I’m hosting a new weekly podcast called Bring To Mind. If you’re game to use your mind muscles (or maybe even secretly hungry for it?) or want to start exercising your mind muscles again, check out Bring To Mind at www.bringtomind.org. I’ll actually be talking with Dr. Michael Sleasman about this very topic of cultivating the mind. And in the weeks to come we’ll meet some interesting women and men who’ll make us think. If you’re up for it – and I hope you are! – visit Bring To Mind.
Melinda Schmidt is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a Broadcasting/Bible degree from Calvary Bible College. She has served with Moody Radio since 1980 in various hosting capacities. Married with two young adult children, Melinda lives outside Chicago, loves reading, developing her creative interests and hopes to be a life-long learner. To learn more about Melinda, her speaking schedule and her blog please visit her website.