note: this is part of #bloganuary where each day in the month of January, there is a prompt that we can write on.
The really short answer to this is no. I am not an avid reader either. Although I did complete four books last year, the most I have read in a very long time.
Part of the issue reading, for me, is the noise that is in my head. I am sure that many can relate. It interferes with my focus and ability to concentrate on the book. I literally read a page, have no idea what I read, and have to re-read the page, only to realize that I once again became distracted with some random thought, or 30, and have to start again. UGH.
The good news is that much of the work that I have been doing to be present has helped, along with reading more consistently. This year I have committed to reading 12 books. Yeah me!
I do not have a favorite author or genre either. Although, if my blogging friend janetdthomas77 becomes an author, perhaps that will change. For me, whatever I read, I wish for it to be thought provoking. If I pick up a book and the intent is to tell me that what I am doing is wrong and I need to this instead, I will most likely dismiss it. When I read, I need to be provided space to sit with the material, in my world, and then reflect on the need for a change, shift, or just hold onto the information for future reference.
Also, I love to hold the book, turn pages, use a book mark. I am old school, no eBooks for this guy.
I like to read messages that do not align with mine. In other words, I would like to be educated in a way that provides information; facts that I can look into so that I can adjust my belief on my own. When I read, I want to grow. I do always have to be comfortable with the growth, I just like for the author to be coming at me from a place of honest education. I like to think that I am having a conversation with the author. In this way, I have an opportunity to learn, to grow, to take a situation and look into it from a different, thoughtfully presented viewpoint.
I do not have a book that has changed my life. But damn, if there was one, perhaps it was “Green Eggs and Ham”. I mean who has not been moved by a Dr. Suess book. And no, to all the wise cracks out there, that was not one of the four that I read last year. Seriously? …………………….. I read that two years ago. HAHA
May y’all be happy healthy and wise.
One thought on “Day 10 – Has a Book Changed Your Life?”
Dr. Seuss is the bestest, the heck with all the restest. I gotta throw one of my favorite books out there though – The Giving Tree, great message!
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