What can a writer do when writing becomes harder than usual? One thing I ask myself is, how much reading for pleasure have I done lately? It’s easy to get busy and neglect your personal reading, or get bogged down in reading for work and forget to read for yourself.
Read something different, exciting, out of the ordinary. Ignite your imagination.
Humans a capable of much more than any of us ever achieve. Books can inspire us to go further and do more than we would ever imagine without reading. For example, how many of us would be inspired to travel if we didn’t know what was out there in the world? How many of us would never test our current limits if we didn’t know what others have achieved in the past and are achieving at present?
Read widely and well. Be inspired to greatness.
There’s not much you can’t learn from books. Facts are only the easy ones. With enough time (which none of us have) and a great memory, you can learn more than you will ever need to know.
However, it’s not just facts and figures you can learn and understand by reading. If you are a lifelong learner, and open to learning from everyone and everything you encounter, there’s so much more to learn about humans as a species, a family and about yourself.
Story is a great way to learning. Most children’s stories have a theme, a moral, a lesson to learn. So do all stories if we but look for the lesson. One of the most basic and satisfying is that we are more alike than we sometimes want to think. We learn to understand ourselves by watching and listening to others. We can learn how to live and work with those around us by the way story characters interact.
Don’t you love reading a book from which you learn something that you don’t expect. I loved reading Dick Francis for the wide variety of career choices of his characters. I loved learning about the racing industry, of course, glassblowing, selling beads and semiprecious gems, toymaking and so much more.
What do you love learning from books you read?
Print or electronic, in any language and/or pictures, books transport us to our favourite places from the microscopic to outer space, anywhere on earth or in the imagination of the writer.
We can choose to travel back in time and live for a moment in Roman, medieval, regency or colonial times or to some imagined alternate world in the future where space travel and aliens are an everyday part our life. We might meet famous people who touch our hearts with their words, art, their selflessness or sheer goodness, or infamous people we would never wish to meet, safely watch how they lived and thought from the distance which can only be bridged by either a book or a nightmare.
We could live through the happiest or saddest of times, solve the most puzzling riddles, murders or searches for truth, the elixir of life as we choose. Wherever we choose to go with the help of a book, we may learn about ourselves and how we might better live and laugh and love.
No matter where you are today, physically or emotionally, you can choose the magic which may transport you wherever you wish to go. So, what magic will you choose for yourself today?
One of the things I love about reading is that it opens up to us the secrets of the rest of the world. Written down are all kinds of secrets, secrets of all the educational disciplines, stories, strange and true, weird and wonderful, biographies and autobiographies of people, their cultures and quirks.
The more I know about others, the more I learn about myself by identifying where I differ from others and where I am similar. It’s much easier to see in others what I find difficult to see in myself. It’s a good thing that reading is so personal and private. A lot of the things I learn are not things I want to broadcast to the world, especially not until I’ve had the chance to correct my direction. As a lifelong learner, there have been many such corrections I’ve had to make and every day I find more.