Neuroplasticity - Part Three

One of the most fascinating portions of the neuroplasticity topic is the wide-ranging implications of the concept. As we learn more and more about neurophysiology, it becomes incredibly clear that we are capable of reshaping both our bodies and our brains through deliberate, repetitive practice.

Here is one of my very favorite stories that often echoes in my head as life presents it challenges. It reminds me that, regardless of any situation, I can deliberately choose which emotional circuitry to strengthen. And, it reminds me that regular practice of this emotional "skill" can better prepare me to meet what comes next... Enjoy!

This story is from the website:

Thomas Edison and Starting Anew

"We are all aware of the fact that it took Thomas Edison over 1,000 failures to succeed in inventing the light bulb. What is more amazing is an incident that took place later on in his life.
At the age of 67, his 'fireproof' factory burned down. As the factory was burning down, Thomas Edison's son, Charles, was frantically searching for his father.

When Charles found his father, he expected to see an upset man who had lost the work of many years. However, Charles later recalls the following of when he first found his father.

"Here he was, 67 years old, and everything he had worked for was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, 'Charles! Where's your mother?' When I told him I didn't know, he said, 'Find her! Bring her here! She'll never see anything like this as long as she lives.'"

The next morning, Thomas spoke to his son Charles and taught him the following lesson. Thomas said that "there's value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God, we can start anew."

What situations in your life have given you the chance to start anew?"

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