Today, I'm super low energy.
Acknowledging this, I've taken the morning easy. Steve and I took Kai for a walk, got a cross rib roast to put in the slow cooker (with an awesome homemade BBQ sauce), and flipped on the TV for the Sunday NFL lineup.
While Steve's fully engaged in the Eagles vs Lions game (watching closely the progress of my fantasy players), I'm distracted. I might be snuggled up next to him listening to the game, in my booty shorts and bamboo blanket, but my mind is elsewhere.
I've got my flavor bible and ravenous pig cookbook out, deciding which kind of tart to make today--persimmon white chocolate or pomegranate white chocolate? Tough decisions, I know.
Periodically I think aloud, unsure about which type of whipped cream to make with each. Should I do a cinnamon honey with the persimmon? Or, a Limoncello with the pomegranate?
Steve then laughs, and says, "you know I'm not listening to a word you say, right?"
I do, and I laugh right along with him.
We've been married for six years now and this is nothing new.
However, what makes me smile most about this picture is that while my body feels tired, by mind is creatively brainstorming on behalf of my belly.
And, actually that is what today's reflection is about: intellectual wellness.
Most people immediately think of the brain, and its ability to remember facts easily and solve problems.
But that's only one part of it.
Intellectual wellness also encompasses:
- being creative
- having hobbies you enjoy
- being able to start, and finish, projects
- asking pertinent questions
- reading regularly
- and having an environment that supports your creativity
Due to my slow pace today, I'm expressing my creativity through writing, as well as planning for an awesome new dessert to experiment with this week. I've started the project, by buying the remaining ingredients needed, and I'll finish it within the next few days (pictures and reviews to follow).
In the meantime, I'm going to appreciate the ability for my mind to think outside of the box and my adventuresome spirit to try new things.
What are you doing today to appreciate, and enhance your intellectual wellness?
You might just start by asking yourself the following questions:
• Would you describe yourself as a creative person? Why or why not?
• What new things are you learning currently?
• Do you give your mind time to rest during the day? Some quiet time just to be?
• What techniques do you use to decrease your stress (so that your creative mind can function more optimally)?
• Do you have any hobbies you are currently engaged in? New books you are reading?
• Is there anything you can change in your living environment to support your creativity? If so, what might that be?
• How often do you inquire about how things work, or why things are the way they are (spend any time around kids, and you are sure to remember that it is our true nature to ask questions