Charities Challenge’s powerful, unique challenge is Memory Training
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. - Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
CC has added to traditional athletic training for the health/fitness of the body, simultaneous training for hearts & minds: Memory Training.
This is a unique CC program that will take no added training time, yet benefit Memory Power and Inspire Hearts & Minds.
Here’s an inspiring observation, also worth memorizing, about the tremendous, unappreciated, near limitless Power of Memory:
Great is this power of memory, exceeding great, O my God, -- an inner chamber large and boundless! Who has plumbed the depths thereof? Yet it is a power of mine, and appertains unto my nature; nor do I myself grasp all that I am….
A great admiration rises upon me: astonishment seizes me. And men go forth to wonder at the heights of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the extent of the ocean, and the courses of the stars, and omit to wonder at themselves;…
Excerpt from Book X of _The Confessions_ by Augustine (354-430 AD)
The Challenge Memory blog will allow us to compare our memorized texts and triumphs of mind. Memory Training methods & more will appear here soon.
Meantime, imagine finishing an aerobic training session on the track, on the roads, or on a treadmill knowing that you’ve not only benefited your body but also your memory power and your spirit.
Join others who are adding Memory Training to their Training Times. Soon, you’ll be able to compare with others your freshly memorized texts of whatever happens to be especially inspiring to you: Poetry, Prose and/or Scripture.
In addition to “Taking the RxExercise Challenge”, we’re asking who’s willing to “Take the Memory Challenge?
Please let us know via “Contact Us” when you’re ready to “Take the Memory Challenge”, and what great poetry, prose and/or scriptures you’ve memorized while training for your next goal road race or track event.
Meantime, here’s an initial, inspiring poem to memorize for us who are already athletically training for better health/fitness with a view to an important great goal event.
See below the following poem a list of other highly recommended poems and prose to memorize:
If by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings-nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run-
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!
Robert Frost’s classic poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
”The Road Not Taken” - by Robert Frost
"Ulysses" by Tennyson - Theme: Never Stop Traveling & Discovering, Especially During Advancing Age
“On His Blindness” - by John Milton - Theme: Never Be Stopped by Physical Challenges & Chronic Disease
Declaration of Independence (Opening and closing lines) + Preamble to the US Constitution
“Habit” by William James - short essay helps us understand the power of habits and how interrelated are habits & memory