It seems like a good time for restatement. One of my weaknesses is that once I get an idea in my head, I find it difficult to put it aside; so I worry and nag the thought to distraction. I'm probably not the only person to do that. I was given some excellent advice, that mulling over any issue too much can lead to taking it too seriously. Anxiety and irritation and annoyance and anger; like a little self-induced runaway train. It's better to revisit any idea; having given it some breathing space, from a fresh perspective. I've found this very useful.
If you write about any idea you own those words and you can get drawn into taking the words overly seriously; you fall into a defensive position. Being able to move away to a new subject; allows a way out from that type of position. So, the trifecta of book, film and music is especially valuable for me; being able to move between them without getting hung up on any one subject; however heartfelt the words written. I heard writing described in terms of a restful state where you are also focussed and concentrated. I find I arrive at this feeling through writing; which is a wonderful state of mind; unstressed, fully aware, thinking of new avenues. The medicinal effects, I think, also shouldn't be overlooked. I can tell quite easily that my memory isn't as sharp at 50; it's more amusing than worrying; the most obvious name escapes me. The mental gymnastics of writing; like a cranial massage. Very soothing. Yet also this feeling of sharpness and acuity. The jumble of images in the head settle down into the flow of words; black on white instead of fireworks of all colours pow powing inside. What a wonderful thing. A wonderful place to practice it the forum as well.