Jumping to Conclusions

Have you ever felt that you had nothing to write about ?

This happened to me recently . I jumped to the conclusion that I must be experiencing cognitive decline !

So, I hastily signed up for an on-line ‘Brain Training’ program called ‘Brain HQ’.

It is a fun program, which I believe is effective.

The program assured me that cognitive decline is not my problem.

Instead, I had been experiencing ‘writer’s block’, a common phenomenon.

Perhaps you have experienced this too.

In Psychology, there is a phenomenon called ‘Jumping to Conclusions’.

This is a thinking pattern characterized by making hasty decisions without gathering all the necessary evidence. Conclusion jumping can cause stress for us, and can hinder our relationships as well.

It is a normal to feel apprehensive about cognitive changes as we age.

My husband reminded me that moderate exercise and a healthy diet are important to our over-all health, including our cognitive function.

He also reminded me of the importance of keeping our weight, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure readings within normal limits, as these factors are also important in maintaining healthy brain function.

May God give us the grace, and the wisdom to consider all possible options before reaching hasty, and inaccurate conclusions.

Pictured are ‘Scott’ and ‘Sarah’, in our backyard. We are having a mild winter on our friendly island.

45 thoughts on “Jumping to Conclusions

  1. First let me say how thrilled I am to see a post from yourself again Sally! I too have had writer’s block in the past where I did not have a clue where to begin. I have also had times where I can’t write for health reasons. In my humble opinion I found the best way to deal with both these situations is not to worry and get tense. I found myself crying out in prayer often in these times only to be told by God to trust Him to show the way through. I write small snippets from time to time in a journal and/or Twitter/DingDash. This keeps the writing pilot flame alive and ready for bigger projects when He gives me them. I pray that our Father God will continue to guide and encourage you each day, bless you sister.

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    1. Hi Alan ! Great to hear from you.
      It seems that ‘writer’s block’ appears from time to time for many of us.
      Thanks also for the suggestions , and the reminder about not worrying. πŸ€—πŸŒ·βš˜

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  2. Hi Sally. So glad you are writing again! I have missed your posts. You have an ability and perspective that I find enjoyable, informative, and helpful. The Lord has blessed you with a great attitude and an ability to reach and relate to many regardless of our various stations in life. Such a gift is so necessary, especially in these times.

    It is indeed important to exercise our thinking abilities, just as we would exercise otherwise. As you have stated, there are several things that are important to consider and apply. I think it may often be the case that we don’t realize that solving certain problems is not as difficult as we may presume. We just need a vital answer or two and apply it. That is why blogs such as yours are so important, because you provide for a forum where answers can be found. It is not just through one’s post that we can be blessed but in the comments associated with it, in that people can find answers and information that they would not otherwise have access to. Collectively, we possess a wealth of information. It is often the case that the vital information one may be seeking is found in the possession of another who may not think it so vital. But forums such as yours encourage one to share information and you always have a broad range of topics that encourage such.

    There are ways to improve and exercise our cognitive abilities regardless of age or circumstance to keep one sharp and productive. The Lord has provided for such through various purely natural means and spiritual applications. He is only a prayer away. May your post encourage anyone who may need an answer in this area to seek and apply it so we can all be the best we can be for the Lord and one another.

    In the meantime, your readers no longer have to suffer a Sally deficiency. Thanks and Blessings to you!

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  3. Ms Sally, I am pleased beyond measure to read your words of wisdom. I have been experiencing a “long” writers block it seems. I have so much I want to say but the stories no longer form in my head. Often when I write, they almost write themselves or the words prance about in my sleep and wakefulness waiting to get out.
    So I completely understand you.
    Hope it passes soon for both of us, lol.
    Me sitting on those rocks looking out to sea would certainly help my writes block.

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    1. Hi !
      So great to hear from you !
      It seems that many of us have experienced times like this. Perhaps it is part of being a writer.πŸ€—
      I greatly appreciate your kind comment. 🌷⚘🌼

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      1. I saw you there and was happy you were there and hoped you would write again. You encourage me quite a bit also by being there and by writing. Thank you, my friend.πŸ˜ƒβ™₯️

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  4. I’ve been hoping you would post again, Sally, and am so happy that you did!

    I’ve read quite a few Christian blogs in the past three years, but none are exactly like yours. You have a unique voice and an instructive way of sharing your walk with God!

    Prayers for the flood gates of writing inspiration to open for you.

    God Bless.

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  5. Bless you. Thanks for writing on this. I too have had issues writing. Finally a new blog will come out next week. I think it’s stress. I’m so glad to hear from you again. ❀️

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  6. I’ve missed your posts, Sally, and am so glad to see you here again πŸ™‚ I think the majority of us who write regularly experience writer’s block from time-to-time. Understandably, it’s concerning at the time …
    I’m glad you’re no longer jumping to faulty conclusions about your cognitive functioning! God bless your husband for encouraging you to see things in a more balanced, and accurate, way πŸ™‚ ‘Glad you enjoyed the course, too.

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words !
      During the time I wasn’t writing, I was still being encouraged by your insightful and sensitive words. πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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  7. Just happened to check your blog as I have been doing for several weeks just hoping to hear your words again. And, here you are! So good to have you back. You were missed. Diane

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  8. Soooooo GOOD to see you again Sally. I prayed you would be writing soon. From time to time everyone has a lull in writing, its our human nature to have our mind take a mini vacation and it seems after that the writing come back full force. Your writings are very encouraging and the pictures are beautiful. β€œScott”and β€œSarah” look so happy on the rocks. Have a Blessed Day.
    Julia

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  9. For some reason, it seems that it’s often so easy to jump to the worse case scenarios. I am well-familiar with both the jumping to conclusions and writer’s block. πŸ™‚ Glad to see you seem to have made it through that writer’s rut. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. It seems to be a part of human nature that we are inclined to jump to worst case scenarios. πŸ€— ‘writer’s rut’ is an appropriate term…⚘🌼

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  10. HI sally. I’M so pleased to be getting to know you. IN these days I believe it is blogging friends and writing people of faith GOD is using to inspire and encourage one another. Your husband and mine are on the same page. He is the great encourager about care for body, mind and spirit. Every blogger is different but uniquely necessary even if they write very little. Profound indeed can be a simple ;GOOD morning! If you have a scene of beauty like your seagulls life is richer for us all.

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    1. Thanks so much Faye.
      Yes, for sure, I totally agree that in these times, God , in his provision, has provided like-minded blogging friends to encourage each other. Yes, we are all unique, and write a little differently, but it is the same Holy Spirit who inspires us. πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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