Today I was sorting through old school papers from past years. I came across two dozen or so quote reflections from my eighth grade language arts class. Our teacher would put a quote up on the board and we had to write roughly a page (handwritten in a composition notebook) of thoughts brought on by the quote and/or what we interpreted the quote to mean. I realized that these could serve as great posts for my first series on this blog! Alas~ Musings of My Eighth Grade Self! And so, here is the first post of this series:
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes (1599-1650)
This quote is fantastic! It can be applied everywhere in life. Ms. Descartes is saying that its good to have a good strong mind, but just having one is not good enough! You must use your mind and make good choices physically, mentally, and emotionally. Physically: think ahead before eating junk. You'll thank yourself in the near future. Mentally: rest the night before a test; your mind needs to be alert. Emotionally: build good, solid relationships with trustworthy people and think before saying or doing something that might hurt them. If you have a blessing, use it to its full potential. Base things off your strengths and succeed. Use a good mind to its full potential, whether it's excelling in school, designing a grand structure, or leading a great career.