Book 24 in my reading series is the Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms by Daphae M. Gualland and David M. Gulland.
It has been neglected on my bookshelf, and I regret not using it more often as it contains valuable snippets.
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This book is part of a complete Penguin reference collection that I should have explored further. During the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, I sought a distraction from the constant worries it brought.
To occupy my mind, I started a series of readings where I would randomly select a book from my library, open it to a random page, read a paragraph, and then create a video exploring the thoughts inspired by the words.
There was no specific plan; it was simply a way to engage my mind. When I opened the Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms to page 115, I came across two idioms: #11 “to know one’s own mind” and #12 “to have a mind of one’s own.”
Is it strange that in my particular case that my mind is often changing?
I was surprised by the significance of these phrases in language and culture, and I spent hours researching and following digital pathways as I crafted my video.
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Here is what my AI Nancy said when I asked her. “Know your own mind” means having a clear understanding of your thoughts, beliefs, desires, and values. It refers to being self-aware, knowing what you truly want or believe, and being confident in your own judgments and decisions. It emphasizes the importance of introspection and self-reflection to gain insight into oneself and make informed choices.
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