The habit of reading


How do you escape from an interminable journey or meeting you’ve lost all interest in, a boring lecture which has no relevance for you, or a yet another retelling of a long story by an Alzheimer’s sufferer?

When you don’t want to give offence or can’t get up and walk out, the habit of reading can give you a place of (mental) escape which is fresh in your mind. Puzzling over where the author is leading you and what will happen next should be able to keep your mind quite happily occupied.

When you need to take your mind off your own pain and suffering, when medication isn’t completely effective, reading a good book is a great alternative. Escape to a different time and place, a world where anything can happen and probably will and have a lovely little mental holiday.

Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not advocating a mental holiday from a conversation, meeting or lecture which has a legitimate claim on your attention.Most times we can not and should not lose concentration on what we are doing, especially if we are driving a vehicle. A fantasy world can be a dangerous place to live. Unfortunately, reality must intrude on our fantasies now and then.