Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Creating new brain cells
But there are guidebooks for everything--the hybrid part, the navigation system, the satellite radio, travel link. Rather than get overwhelmed as I usually do when trying to learn new things, I am telling myself I am creating new brain cells. Experts say to stave off dementia, we need to keep learning. I do this with songs and dances. But when it comes to technology, it's much tougher.
What I know for sure is that I need to manage my expectations while learning something new. I can't expect myself to get things in an instant--like when I was teaching myself the guitar. I thought once I knew the chords, I'd just be able to play well. Uh uh. It takes practice, learning fingering techniques, making smooth transitions.
By the time we leave for our national park trip this summer, I'm pretty sure I will have mastered how to download cd's into the hard drive of the car; import playlists from my ipod into the car as well; plug in a destination in the GPS system; and use the voice activation for the bluetooth phone thingie. The first time I drove the car, the phone rang, I pushed the button on the steering wheel, and my friend's voice filled the car. It was discombobulating, but awesome. Much easier than trying to answer the cell phone (which is illegal in New Mexico).
This car will simplify my life, once I get the hang of it. And how can that be bad?