Originally published as part of the A to Z challenge on 12 April 2018
The A to Z challenge is over:
But the value of the posts is not. My theme for the challenge was “Improve your life, Improve your mind.” Nowhere is this topic more relevant than when you’re facing a huge challenge in your life like retirement, marital problems, health problems in your family, and especially cancer!
For that reason, it’s my intention to revisit each of the posts and invite folk who didn’t read them at the time to visit them now. And if you did read them before, if you were reading at the speed I did during the month, chances are you will find new thoughts to encourage you.
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The purpose of Rise and Soar with its associated blog is to inspire and encourage those in the cancer valley, whether as patients, survivors, caregivers, family or friends. Please note that it is not a health site. It is meant to encourage folk. When I tackled the A to Z challenge I reasoned that these posts should apply to everyone who cares about what is happening to their bodies, be it through age or through cancer.
I plan to post one “letter” a week only, and will commence with those who saw the least amount of attention during April. Once the official Road Trip commences I will link to that.
So for this week, let’s look at
Knowledge, the key to a healthy life.
Here are three easy ways to gain knowledge on most topics:
I’m going to presume because you’re reading the A to Z blogging challenge, you have access to the Internet. Obviously you can visit the library for information or attend lectures on topics. But let’s concentrate on using the web to gain the knowledge you want.
Always remember that the majority of information on the Internet is put up by people like you and me. Not experts. Not geniuses. People with interests and knowledge they want to share. The responsibility of being sure it’s correct is up to the user.
Google is of course the granddaddy of information on the web. You can find out just about anything about any topic on Google. But be warned!
There are many well-written posts by brilliant and well-informed people that are full of excellent information. There are also sites full of waffle written by people who frankly don’t have a clue! And then there are some posts filled with information that is plain dangerous.
Moral of the story? The maxim, “It must be true. I found it on the Internet,” could not be further from the truth!
Another excellent source of knowledge is Amazon.com. I’m particularly referring to the book (or kindle) section, where you can find literature on just about any topic. Type in keywords that will take you to the topic that interests you (or the name of the author if you know who you want to read more from).
Once you find a book, don’t just grab it. Read a few reviews to see what other readers thought about the book. You can also click on the image of the book and you will have the option to read the first pages of the book free. That section usually includes the list of contents which can be helpful.
During my cancer treatment, when I went into a bookshop, I learned to cheat. I would look at the back of the book. If it had an In Memory Of entry, I closed the book and put it back on the shelf. I wanted knowledge, but knowledge that would build me up. And at that stage in my life, I did not need to read about people who died from cancer. I wanted to read about those who lived . . . and there were plenty of those!
YouTube.com is a great source of knowledge. There are some amazing informative videos where you can learn so much. For example, see this amazing clip of a killer T-cell attacking a cancer cell.
I simply typed in the keywords “Immunity and cancer cells”. Isn’t this an amazing video? It’s lovely to think of those beastly cancer cells being attacked by my furious killer T-cells!
There are also some fascinating speakers lecturing on just about any topic you can think of.
For example, here is a very short clip by Dr. Daniel Amen on the topic of “Anxiety”.
This week, I challenge you to gain some knowledge in an area that you don’t know enough about. Share below what you’re going to learn about! (It doesn’t need to be health-related!)