Sure, I make it a habit to read with my kids at night. I always have, from day one maybe even before. Reading has been part of our daily life routine. But what about me? While I love reading with my kids, the same stories or factual books about cars, natural disasters or weather don’t really do a whole lot for me. They don’t spark a passion, an emotion or suspense in me.
I have a friend who is a major book worm and she laughs at me cause I don’t read many books.
There have been books that I just can’t put down (special needs related mostly) but it’s been awhile. Last year at a conference I got a copy of Jon Acuff’s book Quitter and told myself I wanted to read it. It’s been almost a year and yet there it sat on the shelf untouched.
So I finally took it off the shelf this week and started reading it. I’m not far into it yet but already I wish I had started it a year ago. Already it has evoked emotion in me. Already it has me thinking, wondering, imagining and remembering my lost or maybe lost isn’t the right word it should be pushed away or forgotten dreams I once had. The questions he poses make me think, make me look deep down into my past – my life experiences. Do you have dreams of what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did they get shoved away thanks to life, the crazy hectic everyday life we lead as adults? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes.
I’m glad I took the time to read for me. It’s opened a whole new world that I had forgotten about. In this technology filled world, sometimes it’s nice to just put it all away for a little while, pull out a book and just read and enjoy the moment. How often do you take time to read a book offline? Maybe it’s time to do it again.
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