Elevating Your Mind

I’m a firm believer that we all move toward our most immediate dominant thought, and we become what we think about all day. When I consider the news reports as well as the movies, television, and videogames that people allow to fill their minds, I’m actually surprised the world is as stable and well-functioning as it is.

We all understand the phrase “Garbage in, garbage out” because we know that the computers that run our personal and professional lives merely store and reconfigure the information that we input. There are so many informative, uplifting, and inspiring things in our world that there is no excuse for having a brain full of chaotic, pessimistic garbage.

Most of us live within a convenient driving distance from a public library. Most libraries today actually offer downloadable selections online free-of-charge. Local colleges, universities, and civic organizations offer a number of informative cultural experiences and lectures. Even in the modern media amidst the sea of mediocrity, there are many highly-educational and enlightening programs.

According to the American Alliance of Museums, there are approximately 850 million visits to American museums each year, more than all major league sporting events and theme parks combined. Over 2,000 museums offer free admission to active military personnel and their families, and many others offer free admission or deep discounts for children, students, and senior citizens.

There is simply no excuse for remaining ignorant or culturally deprived in our world today. Unfortunately, as a society, we are intellectually starving to death in the midst of the greatest intellectual and cultural smorgasbord the world has ever known.

I believe that the thing we measure is the thing that will move and grow. If you want to improve your physical fitness level, you need to be able to measure and monitor your diet and exercise. If you want to change your intellectual and cultural fitness, you need to begin to track and record your participation in the experiences that will bring you the results you seek. The act of simply putting a library visit or museum tour on your weekly calendar can begin to tip the scales in your favor as you reprogram your mind.

Change happens when we take control of our environment and current situation. You and I have more than enough resources to be informed, inspired, and enlightened.

In ancient times, the great library in Alexandria was located on the trade routes that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia. It was said that all the knowledge and the wisdom of the world was stored in that one location. The great library in Alexandria pales in comparison to the resources you and I have at our fingertips by accessing our computer, smart phone, or library card.

As you go through your day today, put your mind on a health food diet.

Today’s the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.

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  1. Mal Stuart
    2 months ago

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