Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I remember that I used to marvel at my mother's skill in solving cryptograms. I tried them a few times and got discouraged because those letters would just not reveal themselves to me. When I cleaned out my mother's house after she died, I found several cryptogram books among her things and decided to give the puzzles another try. It was as if her puzzle-solving skills were suddenly transferred to me! Since then there have been very few puzzles that I couldn't solve, even without a hint of one letter.
Lately I've been enjoying several games online to "improve my mind and cognitive skills with online brain training" (so says one advertisement). The free online cryptogram game that I play is called "Mad:)Cipher." (Yes, the :) is in between the words!)
This evening when I came to the computer to blog, I sat in my chair for awhile wondering what I would write about. Instead of just sitting here staring at the blank screen, I decided to work a cryptogram puzzle. The random quote that I solved tonight turned out to be an appropriate one by Frank Tibolt, author of the book "A Touch of Greatness: How to Unleash Your Inner Power and Accomplish Anything You Desire."
"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."
Taking action tonight (in the form of playing a game!) certainly worked for me by generating inspiration for this blog topic!