Fewer people read these days, but I honestly feel that reading is one of the few non-digital gifts we can still enjoy. We can’t allow the fast pace of modern life to paralyze us, locking us into a robotic, linear lifestyle enslaved by technology and an instant gratification mindset.
Reading is a superpower and cool.
Oprah Winfrey says, “What I love most about reading—it gives you the ability to reach higher ground. A world of possibilities awaits you. Keep turning the page.”
Warren Buffet was once asked about the secret to his success in finance. Holding a stack of papers and reports he replied, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Bill Gates reads a book a week. Elon Musk is a voracious reader and, growing up, often read two books a day.
The benefits of reading in my latter years have been twofold. Reading has not only made me a better person, but has also taught me to be more mindful and intentional about everything I do.
When we sit alone with a good book, our mind wanders and wonders into different worlds that we haven’t seen or heard of before. I remember when I read You can heal your life by Louise Hay, her way of writing and sharing her journey in life gave me the courage to accept my path and gave me the power to stand in my own power. Even in the direst of circumstances, fascinated me and kept me turning pages.
It was as if I have had a coaching session with her in person for the two weeks it took me to finish the book. Reading is also meditative. We automatically switch off the chattering mind and focus all our energies on reading the lines on the page before us. It may be difficult to concentrate at first, but then the prose pulls us into the story. We become lost in the details, and somehow all our worrisome thoughts fall away.
I’ve recently started “deep reading” for 20 minutes every morning before I do anything else. I will read a verse from the bible or an inspiration quote. I’ve been doing this for a month now, and I’ve found it to be both calming and reassuring, as if I’m connecting to my soul in those quiet morning moments.
Completing a book is a great discipline as well. It takes perseverance and commitment in our busy life to finish a book. It sends a message to our psyche and to others that we are determined and can achieve what we set out to do.
I’ve committed to reading a book a week for the past two years. I haven’t always been successful, but I’ve enjoyed having the self-control in turning away from social events or meaningless activities to pursue my goal. I now take my book/Kindle everywhere I might have to wait; when I feel the weekly deadline looming, then I’ll spend four hours on a free afternoon to make up for lost time.
Sometimes we read for information and think we forget everything, but we don’t. The “good stuff” always sticks. Our subconscious gets filled up with life’s most precious details without us realizing it.
Books, for me, are not only a source of information, but a way to escape the stresses of my life. It’s a sacred indulgence; time alone to be any place I choose and anyone I want.
Reading has opened up my mind, exposing me to everything the world has to offer. I hope that I can inspire many to read a book a week.
And, I hope that “one book a week” becomes my life’s slogan.
~ And if you have not grabbed a copy of my book kindly do so.